Fun Facts about Search Engines

  1. On September 11, 1990, a young MBA student of McGill University in Montreal, Alan Emtage, emailed a newsgroup about a “nifty new tool for net users.” The “archive server,” or “Archie,” as it was later named, became the first search engine that paved the way for such monster companies as Yahoo! and Google, by gathering script-based data in response to user queries. 
  2. Before it was Google (in 1996), Larry Page and Sergey Brin had high hopes for a search engine they named “BackRub.” 
  3. When Google moved to their Paolo Alto office in 1999, the company was composed of only 19 employees. As of March 31, 2012, there are over 33,000 employees in 13 countries.
  4.  Google’s search technology, PageRank, is named after Larry Page.
  5. Google’s first rented office space was a garage in Menlo Park, California. 
  6. The Google Doodle originated as an out of office message. In 1998, Brin and Page attended the Burning Man festival in Nevada. They designed a burning man doodle to indicate that they were not in the office to fix technical issues in the event of a server crash. 
  7. Yahoo! stands for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”
  8. Yahoo! was initially named “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web,” in 1994, and served as a way for Jerry Yang and David Filo to keep track of their online interests.
  9. Terry Semel, then CEO of Yahoo!, almost purchased Google for $5 billion in 2002, but he didn’t because the price was too high. Google is now worth over $250 billion.
  10. Google rents goats to mow their grass and clear fire hazard brush on its Mountain View campus. 
  11. It is rumored that Bing stands for “Because It’s Not Google,” because it’s not Google! Bing is marketed as a “decision engine,” not a “search engine.”

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