It’s hard to remember a time before Google. We used to either own a set of encyclopedias or wait for the library to open before being able to look something up. Now it’s as easy as firing up a browser and typing your query in the search box. Although the domain name google.com was registered on Sept. 15, 1997, and the company incorporated on Sept. 4, 1998, the default day to commemorate the site has become Sept. 7.
Google began in 1995 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin Ph.D. students at Stanford University. Like Yahoo, Google was first housed at Stanford.
Some facts about Google:
- There are more than 1 billion searches each day on Google.
- 20 percent of unique queries are new to the site every day.
- Every query has to travel on average 1,500 miles to get the answer back to the user.
- Google rents goats to graze the lawn at headquarters instead of using mechanical mowers.
I can’t imagine being without Google. Whether it is finding places on a map with directions, actually seeing what is on the ground at a particular location, translating a word from one language to another, doing conversions such as dollars to pounds to euros, or Fahrenheit to Celsius, or tracking a package or so many other things – you can find them with a few keystrokes at any time of the day or night.
Of course, Google also stands for fun. Google doodles are an art form in themselves. And when you are feeling frivolous, try a few of their “Easter eggs.” For instance, in a Google search box type in “do a barrel roll” without the quotes and see what happens. Or type in “google gravity” and hit the I’m feeling lucky button.
So my advice to you this day is “Just google it!”
Quotes about Google
America pays defense contractors to build aircraft carriers. Google pays brilliant programmers to do whatever the hell they want.–Robin Sloan
I wondered and I prayed and I Googled.–Jennifer Lynn Barne
Trivia are not knowledge. Lists of facts don’t comprise knowledge. Analyzing, hypothesizing, concluding from data, sharing insights, those comprise knowledge. You can’t google for knowledge.–dElaine Ostrach Chaika
We designed Google to be the kind of place where the kind of people we wanted to work here would work for free.–Urs Hölzle
In old days, instead of asking a teacher, people looked at the dictionary to know the complete definition of teacher. Now Google becomes our teacher and to know about Google, people Google it.–Munia Khan
Times have changed in research and if you are not using Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Wikipedia, Google, and the like, you will be left in the dark.–Steven Magee
Google tried to do everything. It proved itself the deepest and fastest of the search engines. It stomped the competition in email. It made a decent showing in image hosting, and … utterly owned maps. … It added an indelible, funny, loose-limbed, and exact verb into the vocabulary: to google. No one “bings” or “yahoos” anything.–Teju Cole
Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.–Neil Gaiman
Travelling the road will tell you more about the road than the google will tell you about the road.–Amit Kalantri
We want Google to be the third half of your brain.–Sergey Brin
Search engines find the information, not necessarily the truth.–Amit Kalantri
After obsessively Googling symptoms for four hours, I discovered ‘obsessively Googling symptoms’ is a symptom of hypochondria.–Stephen Colbert
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