Google Turns 7

Google turned 7 years old on September 7th, but somehow they decided to celebrate it today. Apparently the date floats around a lot within Google and they’ve now decided to go with this one. Or maybe they want two slices of cake. Or prefer to be a Libra over a Virgo. Or they weren’t ready with the increased index announcement (even though they made the announcement without any actual figures though :P).

Well despite all these confused facts, I thought a “happy birthday” will be ok along with some interesting facts of Google history would be appropiate. Infos were excerpt of a lecture given by Marissa Mayer (Product Manager for Google):

  • The prime reason the Google home page is so bare is due to the fact that the founders didn’t know HTML and just wanted a quick interface. Infact it was noted that the submit button was a long time coming and hitting the RETURN key was the only way to burst Google into life.
  • Due to the sparseness of the homepage, in early user tests they noted people just sitting looking at the screen. After a minute of nothingness, the tester intervened and asked ‘Whats up?’ to which they replied “We are waiting for the rest of it”. To solve that particular problem the Google Copyright message was inserted to act as a crude end of page marker.
  • The infamous “I feel lucky” is nearly never used. However, in trials it was found that removing it would somehow reduce the Google experience. Users wanted it kept. It was a comfort button.
  • Google has the largest network of translators in the world.
  • The name ‘Google’ was an accident. A spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for ‘Googol’ (number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros).
  • Gmail was used internally for nearly 2years prior to launch to the public.


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