Google was founded in 1998 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, 2 PhD students at Stanford University in California.
Its rise to power is an impressive success story. In many people’s minds, ‘Google’ and ‘the internet’ are interchangeable. Near enough the same thing.
The business started in a garage. Gives hope for all new start-ups out there!
What does Google mean?
‘Google’ is a play on the word ‘Googol’, which is the improbably-large number 1 followed by 100 zeros.
So Google seemed an apt name for the vast of amount of data they wanted their new search engine to process.
The Most Visited Website in the World
google.com is the most visited site in the world, according to Alexa.
Alexa monitors the traffic to every website in the world (you can find your own website there too).
It provides a huge amount of data & statistics, great for competitor analysis.
How Many Google Searches per Day?
The numbers here are mind-boggling.
Over 3.5 billion Google searches per day. That’s over 40,000 searches every second, or 1.2 trillion searches per year (1,200,000,000,000).
To see it in action, check out these live statistics on actual Google searches being performed, right now.
Alternatives to Google
Globally, Google is king. With over 90% of all searches done using Google, it’s the undisputed market leader.
But breaking it down regionally, there are huge differences. In China for example, Baidu is dominant at 70%, where Google struggles due to geo-political and censorship issues.
But given that China has a population of over 1 billion, this simply shows how utterly dominant Google is in other regions, to still maintain an overall market share of >90%.
Most Popular Google Searches
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What else does Google do?
Far more than just a search engine, Google’s products & services extend right across the technological world, and now increasingly into our ‘real-world’ day-to-day lives.
Here’s a (very small) selection, but a full list of Google ‘services’ can be seen here.
- Google search
- Google mail (gmail)
- Google maps (and Google Mars, Google Moon)
- Google Ads
- Google Analytics
- Google flights
- Google hotel finder
- Android operating system
- Android TV
- Wear OS
- Smartphones (Pixel, Nexus)
- Laptops (Chromebook)
- Self-driving cars
- Google venture