Google just turned FIFTEEN years old. And in that span from 1998 to 2013, it's transformed from a project by two Ph.D. students into one of the biggest and most powerful companies in the world.
Here are five random facts you probably didn't know about Google, even though you use it every single day.
1. It wasn't originally called Google . . . it was called BackRub. And the tagline was VERY late '90s. Quote, "BackRub is a 'web crawler' which is designed to traverse the web."
2. You know how Google sometimes changes its logo for a day to commemorate a holiday? The first time they did that was in 1998 when the founders added a symbol for Burning Man to their logo . . . because they were leaving the office to go there.
3. When Google went public in 2004, about 1,000 employees instantly became millionaires. And one of them was a MASSEUSE who started with the company in 1999.
4. When you click the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button on a Google search, it takes you to the first search result and skips taking you to the results page. That alone costs Google about $100 million every year in lost revenue.
5. Google has acquired an average of one company every week since 2010.