55 Facts You May Not Know About Google by Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist
Google, now a part of parent Alphabet, is one of the most impressive companies to be born in the last two decades.
The domain was registered in 1997 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and the company was incorporated in 1998. The “Google Guys” worked out of a garage in Menlo Park, California, with a simple but ambitious mission: to organize the seemingly unlimited amounts of information scattered throughout the web.
It’s almost twenty years later, and we now know that Google’s monetization of search has changed the world. The company basically mints cash for investors each quarter, and this gives Alphabet the leeway from Wall Street to take an unprecedented amount of moonshots to find its next cash cow.
And while the vast majority of people are aware of Google’s success, there are also some things that are less widely known about the company and its history.
55 Facts You May Not Know About Google
The following infographic from BargainFox shares 55 facts on Google, including some that you may not have heard before.
While many have heard that Google was started in a garage (like various other billion dollar tech companies), it is less clear that the garage was owned by Susan Wojcicki, who is now the CEO of Youtube.
Likewise, it is widely known that the name Google was based off of the number “googol”, which is represented by numeral one and then followed by some 100 zeros. However, many people don’t realize that this number is symbolic: it represents the almost infinite amount of individual web pages on the internet, which Google aims to organize.
Lastly, while most advertisers are aware that some search terms are likely to cost more on Google, many do not know the crazy world of ultra-specific legal keywords. Terms like “San Antonio car wreck attorney” and “West Palm Beach criminal lawyer” are the most expensive search phrases to sponsor on Google.
By recent accounts, the most expensive search term these days is “best mesothelioma lawyers” which costs $194.40 per individual click. Law firms are willing to pay for leads, because mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Victims suffering from the disease are entitled to receive $1.1 million in compensation from the government within 30 days of their claim’s approval, and as a result, the cases can be very lucrative for lawyers.