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People surprised to learn what Google actually means after 26 years

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Google is one of the most recognisable companies out there.But despite becoming a trillion-dollar company since it was founded by computer scientists Larry Page and Sergey Brin in September 1998, people are still learning new things about it.

Despite many of us using applications like Gmail, YouTube and Workspace every day, many of us don't actually know what Google stands for or how it got its name.

Around 26 years after its launch, a confused Quora user asked: "Is Google an acronym?" And thankfully, people were very forthcoming with their answers.According to commenters, Google is a misspelling of Googol - the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.

It was chosen to represent the company's mission "to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful".The search engine was previously called Backrub, which definitely sounds like a very different type of service!The Google website reads: "The Google story begins in 1995 at Stanford University.

The website is an aggregator of news from open sources. The source is indicated at the beginning and at the end of the announcement. You can send a complaint on the news if you find it unreliable.

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