11 THINGS YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW ABOUT GOOGLE!

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In March 1996,Google came into existence as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University.While many people know Google as just the most used search engine in the world,there is a lot more to that.Google now literally dominates the and World Wide Web with its vast array products ranging from The Search Engine itself,YouTube ( world's largest video sharing platform),Picasa (one of the most popular photo-sharing platform) to Gmail (world's largest e-mail service provider).That's not all,Google is also the owner of Android OS (Most used smartphone operating system in the world)  and that's just to mention a few...

Now,I have compiled some amazing facts about Google that you probably never knew.Let's check 'em out...


1. The primary reason behind so simple Home page is due to the fact that Founders of Google did not know HTML well and just wanted a quick and simple interface. It was founded that the submit button was not used at all, people were just hitting Enter/Return key for their search queries.

2. Due to so simple and ‘content less’ homepage, in tests it was found that people were sitting and looking at the screen. After few minutes of starring at screen, the tester ask him “What’s up ?, We hope you enjoyed lot”. To solve this problem Google just added a Copyright message in the footer of homepage.

3. The big raise in the traffic came when Google presented it’s improved spell checker, Giving birth to “Did you mean … ?” characteristic. This doubled the number of visits Google was receiving.

4. “I feel lucky” button was nearly never used at all. But in few tests it was found that removal of “I feel lucky” button will the reduce the Google experience. Even though users don’t use it but they wanted it to stay there.

5. Google has the largest network of translators in the world

6. They use 20% / 5% rules. If at least 20% of people use a feature, then be included. At least 5% of people who need to use a special investigation preferably before it is on “Advanced”.

7. They continuously keep checking How people interact on their search page

8.The name “Google” was result of an accident. A spelling mistake on the part of the founders who thought they were going for ‘Googol’

9. Gmail was used internally for nearly two years before the public release. It was discovered that there were 6 types of e-mail users, Gmail and has been designed to accommodate these 6.

10. Google takes feedback very seriously, you may think that your feedback will not be read but it’s not true at all. They take it very seriously.

11. Employees are encouraged to use 20% of their time working on their projects. Google News, Orkut are examples of projects that have emerged from this working model.


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