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Google is so common as to be a staple of daily life these days. Everyone knows about their amazing perks for employees and looks forward to a good Google Doodle. How did Google get where it is today, and what makes it so unique? Here are a few Google secrets.
1. The unofficial Google motto is “don’t be evil”.
2. Google’s iconic home page is so bare because the founders didn’t know HTML.
3. The first big bump in traffic on Google came when they introduced the “did you mean…” feature.
4. Before Gmail went public, Google used it internally for 2 years, finding 6 basic types of email users and tailoring the system to them.
5. If you have a facility for languages, Google might be the place for you: they have the largest network of translators in the world.
6. Google welcomes dogs to the office, but specify that as a “dog company . . . as a rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out.”
7. Among the many perks of being a Google employee is high-quality food. The first chef was Charlie Ayers, the caterer for the Grateful Dead. In 1999, he won a cook-off for the position.
8. The OED now recognizes “Google” as a verb.
9. Google not only takes care of its employees, it’s pretty good to their families, too. If an employee passes away, the company will provide the surviving spouse with half their salary for the next decade.
10. While many of Google’s projects are huge in scope, they also work on things that are important to small groups, like introducing Gmail in the Cherokee language.
11. The Google grounds contain a T-rex named Stan as a reminder to keep Google from going extinct.
12. Google has a number of fun quirks and tricks, including the special feature that pops up if you search “atari breakout” in Google Images.
13. One of Google’s signature employee perks is their “20% time”, which means employees can take 20% of their time to work on anything that they find exciting.