13 Things You May Not Know About Google

Google has infiltrated most of our lives these days. Not just in the search realm, but in terms of calendars, maps, images, and social connections and more, it is safe to say Google has poked its nose into most corners of our lives. But just how big is Google? Do they really rule the internet? How many people are using Google? The handy infographic below takes a look at these and many more questions, and aims to show you just how big a Google (googol?) really is. Keep reading to learn more. 

Did You Know?

  • Google is said to be a misspelling of “googol”, or 1o to the 100th power, a number that Carl Sagan said was so large it could not be written down in the space of the known universe.
  • Google once rented 200 goats for one week to keep the grass trimmed at the Googleplex.
  • Google incorporated on September 4, 1998.
  • At first, Google tried to stop people from using their name as a verb. (That didn’t work, clearly. I’m sure you could Google it to find out more).
  • 97% of Google’s revenue comes from advertising dollars.
  • 191 Million people visited Google’s sites in November 2012 alone.
  • 1.2 Trillion searches were performed in 2012 (worldwide).
  • Google usage represents about 67% of the American search market.
  • Using Google’s estimate of 0.2g/search, the amount of CO2 emitted by Google to perform 2012’s 1.2 Trillion searches is equivalent to 19,555.5 clones of the largest african elephant ever recorded. That’s 528 million pounds!
  • In 2013, worldwide internet traffic dropped by 40% when Google’s services went offline for 5 minutes.
  • Google Street view covers over 5 million miles of unique roadway.
  • 4 billion hours of YouTube video were viewed monthly in 2012.
  • If you were to watch every video available (non-stop, 24/7) it would take 285 years.

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1 Comment

  1. Gotch

    February 6, 2014 at 9:47 am

    “In 2013, worldwide internet traffic dropped by 40% when Google’s services went offline for 5 minutes.” – that is by far the most disturbing statistic haha