1. Google gets money from rival companies too: Google is one the few tech companies that pays money to almost all its rivals. Almost all of Mozilla’s money comes from Google, given that Google pays over $300m a year to be the default search engine on Mozilla’s web browser Firefox. Others in the league are Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo, who all make use of Google services.
2. Google Slogan: According to Google, the official slogan is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, and its unofficial slogan is “Don’t be evil”.
3. The founder’s wealth: Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin own just 16 per cent of the company. Despite this, combined, they have a net worth of around $46 billion.
4. “I’m feeling lucky”: Google’s first official tweet was the words “I’m feeling lucky” in binary.
5. Gmail: The email service was launched in 2005 and is now available in more than 50 languages. The Gmail idea was the brainchild of Rajen Sheth during an interview with Google. It was later developed by Paul Bache. Gmail, which was used internally for Google employees initially, went public on 1, 2004 by making fun of paper-based archiving by introducing “Gmail Paper”, where a user could click a button and Gmail would purportedly mail an ad-supported paper copy email archive for free. Continue reading