10 crazy facts about Google you may do not know
By : Sachin Sardana | 29 Mar | 81 comments | Read Time: 3 minutes
Today, Google is not only the undisputed daddy of s-e-a-r-c-h, but over the years it has revolutionary evolved itself to deal and leverage Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence in its driverless cars with contact lenses, Google Glass, exploring space, tackling ageing and immortality, and ground-breaking robotics inventions among several other niche domains.
But search still remains Google’s bread-and-butter which feeds and nurtures all other Google’s cutting-edge initiatives.
Let’s tell you some quick facts about Google Search you may not know:
1. Let’s start with a trip down the memory lane. Here’s how, Google looked in 1997
2. The name Google is derived from a mathematical term ‘googol’ which means 1 with a hundred zeros.
3. Google announced in 1998, that it was handling about 500,000 searches per day. Today, Google processes more than 2.3 million searches per second, i.e. one hundred Billion searches per month.
4. The reliability of the Google services is so intense, that the global internet traffic dropped by over 40% when Google was down for 5 minutes on 16th August 2013.
5. Google routes each search with over 200 factors before serving you the most relevant result in less than 1/8th of a second.
6. Today, 69% of the people who use Chrome do not have to type ‘google.com’ in the address bar. Google owns a bunch of commonly misspelt domains like Gogle.com, Gooogle.com, Goooglor.com, and similar others in the family. Google also owns 466453.com.
7. Over 60% of Google searches happen on mobile today.
8. It is estimated that Google’s search index stores over 100 million gigabytes of data. It would need one lakh 1TB personal drives to store the same amount of data.
9. You can dive into Google archives at www.Google.com/history to see all searches done with your account. You can even download or delete the file. Check yours here.
10. Google intends to scan all known existing 129 million unique books by 2020.
Everyone who is online daily uses one or the other Google services [may be unknowingly]. Google has become an inseparable part of our daily lives and has gone deeper into the sub-conscious and behaviour patterns. There wouldn’t be a single day when we do not say “Google it”.