How many times do we say Google it when we don’t find the answer we are looking for. People believe that if something doesn’t exist on Google, it doesn’t exist at all. Today, almost everyone uses Google Services. From its Search Engine and YouTube to the Android Smartphones that use them
1995, I was a teenager by then and the public internet was only three years old. People didn’t really know what the internet was or how to use it or even if it was of any use to them. On one particular day in 1995, history will change forever. A 22-year-old Larry Page and 21-year-old Sergey Brin meet for the first time at Stanford University. Larry and Sergey soon become good friends and begin collaborating on a search engine called backrub. In 1995 there are about 13 search engines to choose from and they were all terrible. They didn’t give back anything remotely close to what you asked for, but backrub was different. It had a secret formula. It was called PageRank and you are looking at it now. This one formula was one of the reasons that backrub performs so much better than the other search engines of the time. This was the key, the secret. This formula would indirectly be worth billions in the future. On September 15, 1997 backrub was changed to google.com and the rest as they say is history.
Google, the stuff you probably don’t know. A lot of us just really see the surface of Google. We use their online services like Google Search, Gmail, YouTube and Google+ every day. Many of us have a phone featuring Google software and maybe even Google hardware. Google’s self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses. A cool but very few people ask themselves the questions. “How BIG is Google and what else are they up to?”
Let’s find out. Please make sure you’re seated before you continue. Google is much bigger than you think. First, we will look at the five interesting Google acquisitions of the past but then we will look a bit deeper into some revolutionary things that the company has been doing over the few months.
#5. Android acquisition, date 17th of August 2005. Cost 50 million dollars.
We all know what Android is and no doubt the best part of Android is its open source nature. This allows the operating system to be on anything from phones to cars to fridges. Android is everywhere. Out of a 260.1 million smartphones sold in 2013, 211 million of them were running android that’s over 80%. Android has allowed access for countries such as China to really have a serious shot at the smartphone industry.
Let’s move on. Google is obviously just more than Android.
#4. YouTube acquisition, date 10th of December 2006 at a cost of 1.65 billion dollar.
We will do no justice to convey just how mind-blowing the huge YouTube is. The facts will do this for us. Looking at YouTube purely just as a search engine, it’s bigger than Bing and Yahoo and asked all combined. In fact, it’s the largest search engine on the planet second to only Google search itself. So, it is obvious that people are searching for a lot of things. This only must mean there is a lot of content on YouTube. But how much continuous video content actually gets uploaded per day? Maybe a week, one month of continuous video, two months, a year? No. try a decade. That’s right over a decade’s worth of video is uploaded at a rate of 72 hours per minute and that’s just in one day. It’s nothing if you start adding it up it gets even stupider for one month, just one month there is four billion hours worth of video watched each month. That’s over four hundred and fifty thousand years worth of video watched in just one month and of course if you are watching a video on YouTube, those rates are increasing. We could go on with the facts but there’s a lot more crazy stuff to cover in this article.