Today, Friday, September 27, Google is celebrating its 21st year anniversary. Like it does for other prominent people and special events, the search engine marks its special day with special people.
The world's biggest search engine was a product of academic paper published by two PhD students which is about setting up a prototype of a “large-scale search engine.”
YEN.com.gh in this piece highlights some key facts you probably don't know about Google:
1. Google was founded in 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page during their PhD research project at Stanford University in California.
"We chose our systems name, Google, because it is a common spelling of googol, or 10100 and fits well with our goal of building very large-scale search engines," they wrote.
2. Google's domain was registered on September 15, 1997, and the company was incorporated on September 4, 1998
3. Google's first office was a rented garage: Susan Wojcicki’s garage in Menlo Park, California.
4. The two founders met by chance as Page, who was 22 years old at the time considered attending Stanford University for his PhD while Brin, who was 21 years old then, was assigned to show Page around campus
5. The search engine operates in 40 countries and has 70 offices across the globe.
6. Google, according to The Sun UK now has an annual revenue of an estimated $50 billion, adding that 99% of their profits come from advertising revenue
7. Google was originally named "BackRub" because the system was created to check backlinks to estimate the importance of a site
8. Google speaks many languages. In 2000, it launched the first 10 language versions of the site. The languages are: French, German, Italian, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Norwegian and Danish.
9. Alphabet, Inc., Google's parent company, employed more than 107,000 people as of June 30, 2019
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Meanwhile, the group managing director of Legit.ng, Goke Olaegbe on Tuesday, June 25, met with David Steinacker, Google’s Publisher Business Solutions for Sub-Saharan Africa, during a Google News Initiative (GNI) Innovation Challenge event in Lagos.
The meeting which was held at the Radisson Hotel, Ikeja, involves talks about how the narrative of the online space in Nigeria should be emphasised in job/career creation, consumer targeting etc.
Also, the meeting which focused on building stronger ties between Google and local publishers in Nigeria spared thoughts on how the publishing firms can leverage their resources to improve the Nigerian digital space.
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