Everyone who uses the Internet, and many people who don’t have heard of Google. This has been the largest search engine in the world since June 2000. It is the most visited website on the Internet as it has over one billion search requests each and every day. It surpassed one billion unique visitors in May 2011 and has continued to grow since then. It has become much more than simply a search engine as it is now an integral part of daily life for millions of users across the globe. While most people have heard of Google and are aware that it is a website and search engine, there are very many interesting facts about this company of which people are not aware. Here are 20 interesting facts you might not know about Google.
1. Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the Founders
Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in 1998. At that time, they were both students at Stanford University who were studying for a degree. It started as a research project in 1996. They were theorizing about a better way for search engines to rank results. Traditionally, this was done depending on how many times a search for a term had taken place. Instead, Page and Brin decided that a better system would be to rank the relevance of a website by the number of pages and whether these pages linked back to the original site. The technology they created to list search results in this way was called PageRank, and this is still a term that is used today. It became a privately held company on September 4, 1998. Sergey Brin and Larry Page continue to own around 16% of the shares in this company.