Google's ease of use, simplicity of design, and massive database listings have made it the number one search engine in the world. Some little known facts about Google:
- PageRank: Not originally meant to specify "web pages". The "page" part of PageRank was named for Larry Page, one of the founders of Google. PageRank is a system for ranking web pages according to link popularity and text-matching. So, if there's a great site out there with excellent content and a lot of people have linked to it (plus it matches your search terms), than Google will deliver it to you in the top 10, and it will have a high "PageRank."
- Google's Cache: Google's cache feature makes it possible for you to see a webpage as it might have looked a few upgrades ago. This is a godsend for anyone who might be looking for a now defunct company's site, or a webmaster that has had a computer mishap and needs original source code. Google's cache feature also highlights your search term on the cached page snapshot. I personally love this feature because it lets me view older versions of sites that I need information from.
- I'm Feeling Lucky: Google is so confident that they can deliver the goods that they've developed the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button. Press this button on Google's main search page after entering your search terms and you will be instantly transported to the first web page returned for your search results.
- Dogs Allowed: If you are lucky enough to work at Google, you'll be able to bring man's best friend along - as long as he or she is well-behaved. No cats, though.
- Google Doodle: All the Google Doodles can be found in one place. They are fun cartoons, animations, and other interesting graphic designs added regularly to the standard Google logo. More than one thousand doodles have been presented so far, with more on the way.
- Easter eggs: Google likes to slip in easter eggs every once in a while to keep things interesting (these are hidden surprises and inside jokes that can only be activated with specific commands). One of the more famous is the infamous "do a barrel roll" Easter egg.
- Google's first Twitter post: The very first Twitter post Google sent out was this: "I'm 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010." That's in binary, and it means "I'm feeling lucky."