Google celebrated its 20th anniversary this past week and in honor of the search engine’s birthday, our digital marketing experts thought we’d put together a list of fun facts about Google:

  • Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University in California. (Wikipedia)
  • The domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997 and incorporated almost a year later, on September 4, 1998. (Wikipedia)
  • Google’s initial investment was from Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim for $100,000. (Global News)
  • The name “Google” is a play on the word “googol,” a mathematical term represented by the numeral one followed by 100 zeros. (Entrepreneur)
  • By the summer of 2002, Yahoo tried to acquire Google for $3 billion, but Google reportedly turned down the deal as it felt it was worth at least $5 billion. (The Verge)
  • When Google initially went public in 2004, it priced its stock at $85 a share. It sold 19,605,052 shares. (The Verge)
  • The company’s first workspace was Susan Wojcicki’s garage on Santa Margarita Ave. She was Google’s first marketing manager and is now the CEO of YouTube. (Entrepreneur)
  • In 2006, Google bought YouTube for a $1.65 billion after outbidding companies like Microsoft, Viacom, and Yahoo. (The Verge)
  • Google unveiled Gmail on April Fool’s Day in 2004. The announcement was wackily-worded and was widely misconstrued as a hoax. (Entrepreneur)
  • In 2010, Google made its introduction into the self-driving car world when it rolled out a fleet of seven Toyota Priuses that were outfitted with sensors and artificial intelligence. (The Verge)
  • Page and Brin originally nicknamed their new search engine “BackRub”, because the system checked backlinks to estimate the importance of a site. (Wikipedia)
  • Google Maps was introduced in 2005, but it wasn’t until 2009 that the company incorporated turn-by-turn GPS navigation. (The Verge)
  • The first 10 language versions of Google available to the public were: French, German, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish. (Entrepreneur)
  • At Google’s headquarters (called “Googleplex”), there are workout rooms, washers and dryers, a massage room, assorted video games, table football, a baby grand piano, a billiard table, and ping pong tables throughout the campus. (Wikipedia)
  • Today, the search engine and its sibling companies (all under the holding company Alphabet) are collectively worth $800 billion. (Global News)

Have any facts about Google that you’d like to share? Our digital marketing experts would love to hear them!