30 Incredible Facts About Google That You Probably Didn’t Know
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Chances are you’ve just recently searched for something on Google in the last 5 minutes. It’s a website so rooted in our daily routine that we recognize it more as a verb than a company. But what do you really know about the most used site in the world?
1 – The Google Lunar XPRIZE will award $20 million to the first team that successfully lands a privately funded rover on the moon, travels 500 meters, and transmits back high definition images and videos.
2 – When Gmail launched with 1GB storage, Hotmail and Yahoo each only offered 2MB.
3 – Google aims to scan all the books in the world – approximately 129 million. As of 2014 they have scanned 12 million.
4 – The first winner of Facebook’s programming contest, the Hacker Cup, was Petr Mitrichev, a Google employee who showed up to collect his prize at the Facebook headquarters wearing his Google employee badge.
5 – Google was originally a search engine called BackRub.