Anyone who uses the search engine today will see the company’s celebrating its 19th birthday… but it hasn’t always done so on September 27
THE world’s most used search engine is celebrating its 19th birthday and its marking the milestone with a fun Google Doodle.
Before you give the search engine’s birthday surprise spinner a go here’s nine things you might not know about Google.
1. Building bricks of success
Back in the very beginning, Google’s storage facility was a load of hard drives in a container made of LEGO.
But don’t panic, your precious files and pictures are saved on something much less basic today.
2. Baaaa-king mad
Google’s grounds have a lot of land – and company bosses keep it maintained by hiring goats.
Around 200 goats visit for a week at a time, to guzzle up the Google grass.
There are a lot of dogs too – with employees being encouraged to bring their own pets, because their pooches are thought to make people happier.
3. Traffic jam
Back in 2013, Google crashed for five minutes – and took 40 per cent of web traffic with it.
Nowadays, Facebook challenges Googles power, by driving a lot of traffic through social media. So any future crashes would be much less drastic.
4. The surprising cost of I’m Feeling Lucky
This handy little button costs Google tens of millions of dollars every year – because it bypasses all the adverts which would normally show up on the results page.
They’re slowly getting round it. Have you noticed that suggestions pop up even as you start typing your first word?
Google’s birthday is thought to fall on September 27 – but this hasn’t always been the case
5. There’s a T-Rex on the Google Campus
And it has a scary message for the company’s many employees.
The dinosaur skeleton is there to remind workers that even the most powerful things can go extinct, and not to let it happen to Google.
6. They don’t want you to ‘just Google it’
Bosses didn’t like their company’s name becoming a verb.
The phrase ‘just Google it’ worried those high up in the company, who thought it could undermine all their hard work to establish a brand.
7. Quest to dominate
Experts reckon Google buy more than one company every week.
Most of them are tiny, and get folded into the already established branches of Google’s business.
But others, like Android, are much bigger – and continue to stand on their own within Google’s enormous empire.
Source: The Sun