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Is there some kind of history behind the name 'Google' or was it just a random choice?:)
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Google derived its name from the word "googol", a term coined by then nine-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of the American mathematician Edward Kasner. The story goes, Kasner had asked his nephew to invent a name for a very large number - ten to the power of one hundred (the numeral one followed by 100 zeros), and Milton called it a googol. The term was later made popular and in Kasner's book, Mathematics and the Imagination, which he co-authored with James Newman. Later, another mathematician invented the term "googolplex", which represents ten to the power of a googol - a substantially larger number.

Some useful links about Google:

  • Google Internet Search page
  • Google Language Tools


As Google is now the world's most popular search engine, its association with a number so vast is appropriate. According to http://www.google.com, "Google's use of the term [Google] reflects the company's mission to organize the immense, seemingly infinite amount of information available on the web."* In fact, this mission itself grows increasingly large daily, as the Internet continues to grow exponentially throughout the world.

History of Google
In 1995, Google's founding partners Larry Page and Sergey Brin met as students at Stanford University, where they began to collaborate on a search engine called BackRub. As this highly promising project developed, the two students managed to attract investors, and Google Inc. opened for business on September 7, 1998 in Menlo Park, California - like many promising IT companies, in a sublet garage. The company grew rapidly, along with site traffic, and in 1999 Google was named in Time magazine's Top Ten Best Cybertech list.

In recent years, Google has introduced a host of useful new features and products, including Google AdWords pay-per-click service, AdSense, the Google toolbar, and Froogle, a shopping search service first launched in December 2002. Finally, in 2004, the company went public, using an innovative electronic auction program to sell initial shares.

Despite becoming a corporate monolith, Google has retained its hip, youthful image, and its dynamic corporate culture with an accent on fun (e.g., skateboarding in the parking lot) remains intact.


Languages of Google
Google may be used in many languages - even Esperanto! Just click on the links below.

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Albanian
Amharic
Arabic
Armenian
Azerbaijani
Basque
Belarusian
Bengali
Bihari
Bork, bork, bork!
Bosnian
Breton
Bulgarian
Catalan
Chinese (Simplified)
Chinese (Traditional)
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Elmer Fudd
English
Esperanto
Estonian
Faroese
Filipino
Finnish
French
Frisian
Galician
Georgian
German
Greek
Guarani
Gujarati
Hacker
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Indonesian
Interlingua
Irish
Italian
Japanese
Javanese
Kannada
Klingon
Korean
Kurdish
Kyrgyz
Laothian
Latin
Latvian
Lithuanian
Macedonian
Malay
Malayalam
Maltese
Marathi
Mongolian
Nepali
Norwegian
Norwegian (Nynorsk)
Occitan
Oriya
Persian
Pig Latin
Polish
Portuguese (Brazil)
Portuguese (Portugal)
Punjabi
Romanian
Russian
Scots Gaelic
Serbian
Serbo-Croatian
Sesotho
Sindhi
Sinhalese
Slovak
Slovenian
Somali
Spanish
Sundanese
Swahili
Swedish
Tamil
Telugu
Thai
Tigrinya
Turkish
Turkmen
Twi
Uighur
Ukrainian
Urdu
Uzbek
Vietnamese
Welsh
Xhosa
Yiddish
Zulu
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