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Guess Google's original name – and no Googling!

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Google was the 1990s brainchild of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who met at Stanford. Two decades later, Google is the world's leading search engine for the Internet.

For most of us, it has become indispensable in terms of both work and play.

Page and Brin had a different name in mind when they began to develop their search engine.

The name: BackRub.

That's just one of the interesting facts about Google gleaned from two Business Insider stories and, of course, from Google's own history.

Here are more:

  • Page and Brin made the first so-called Google doodle in August 1998.
  • There are more than 2 million Google searches per second.
  • In 2013, Google revenue topped $55.5 billion, with 91 percent derived from advertising.
  • Google loves jokes on April Fools' Day. One time, it changed its name to Topeka for the day.
  • Google Books has scanned more than 20 million books.
  • Google went public a decade ago in August 2004 at $85 per share. The stock split earlier this year, and one of the original shares now is worth nearly $1,200.
  • People watch 6 billion hours of video per month on YouTube, acquired by Google in 2006.

For more on Google, click here and here.

Bill Kline

Bill Kline

Editor Bill Kline can be reached at billk@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 15. Follow him on Twitter @BillKline24.

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