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26 Crazy Facts You Never Knew About Google by KeriLynn Engel



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  • Early Google

  • One of the early versions of Google could process 30-50 pages per second.
    • Now Google can process millions of pages per second.
  • Google was first stored on ten 4 GB hard drives in a Lego casing, now showcased by Stanford University.
    • The Lego design would let the founders expand storage capacity easily.
    • The index now has over 100 million GB of data.
  • Google’s original name was Backrub, based on the system finding and ranking pages based on back links.
  • Since the founders weren’t looking to start their own business, they tried to sell their search engine system.
    • Yahoo originally said no, but in 2002 offered to buy Google for $3 billion.
    • Google said no, and it’s now valued at $400 billion.
  • The name Google was a misspelling.
    • One story says investors misspelled the mathematical term “googol” as “google” on a check, and the spelling stuck.
    • Another story says that a fellow student misspelled “googol” when looking for an available name for the company.
  • Stanford still owns the patent to Google’s algorithm, named PageRank.
  • The company’s unofficial motto is “Don’t be evil.”