Updated · Dec 03, 2022
70+ Intriguing Google Statistics and Facts to Know in 2022
Updated · Nov 26, 2022
Google has now become a synonym for the internet.
Everyone here is a Google customer in some way or another.
Every online marketer loves and makes use of Google as well.
These statements are no exaggeration, considering that the company has billions of people using each of its products and services.
So you want to learn the most recent Google statistics and facts? As always, TechJury has prepared a handy list for you.
Let’s start with some of the most staggering info:
- Google handles more than 104,640 queries per second. That translates to over 9 billion searches every day!
- As of July 2022, Google holds 91.43% of the search engine market share!
- You can get up to 30% more customers only by moving up one spot in Google’s search results.
- Users are four times more likely to click on a Google ad than on one by any of its competitors.
- Google’s search volume grows by about 15% per year.
1. As of August 2022, Chrome holds 65.14% of the global browser market share.
We’ll give you some perspective to better picture Google’s dominance. So currently, the tech giant owns well over half of the global market. The second is Safari with 18.82% (although to be fair, that’s about a 10% increase in the last couple of months). The battle for third place is quite fierce. Edge is currently winning, with 4.11%, while Firefox is left fourth, with 3.3%.
All this shouldn’t be a surprise as Chrome boasts a massive audience, hitting the 3.2 billion mark a couple of months ago.
You now know just how many people use Google on a regular basis. Next up:
2. In 2022, there are 133.4 million Android users in the US.
That’s over 15 million more than the iOS fans in America. Android maintains its position as the leading mobile OS worldwide in 2022… and there’s a reason for that. The platform is open-source, thus allowing phone manufacturers to use and adapt for their own devices.
Android is easy to use, highly adaptable, boasting top functionalities… it’s no wonder this is the #1 OS in the world.
3. YouTube has over 2.5 billion active monthly users.
As of 2022, YouTube takes second place in the “most popular social networks worldwide” list. The Google-own network boasts 2.6 billion MAUs (monthly active users)! Facebook is the only one that comes ahead with an average of almost 3 billion MAUs.
Most YouTube users come from India—an impressive 467 million of them! The US is left second with 247 million users, while a surprising third is Indonesia and its 139 million users.
Are you now ready to learn just how many Google searches there are per day?
4. There are 104,640 Google search queries every second!
If that doesn’t amaze you, wait until you read this:
This translates to:
- 6,278,400 queries per minute
- 376,704,000 queries per hour
- Over 9 billion queries per day
- Over 3.3 trillion queries per year
You must be impressed by now, right? So let’s keep it going with the next portion of astounding statistics and facts about Google:
How Majestic Google Actually Is?
Have a look at the following Google facts to understand how big it is from different perspectives. Also, how it became a powerful corporation that has thoroughly permeated our society!
5. There are about 188,620 Chrome extensions.
One of the best and worst things about Chrome is the variety of extensions you can find in its store. They certainly make your experience more enjoyable and accessible, but since there are just so many of them, how exactly are you supposed to choose?
Interestingly, over 87% of them have fewer than 1,000 installs. What’s more, around 13% have only one user, while about 10% have none.
6. Google warned its users about a possible rise in the reported cyber attacks in 2022.
(Source: Google Security Blog)
Recently, Google issued a warning to its users to expect a rise in the number of cyber attacks in the future. The company explained that the reasons attributed could be because of these factors:
- Rising number of exploits in general
- More visibility to attackers due to the growing Chrome user base
- Increased complexity of devices and programs
However, Google’s taking all precautionary measures to ensure their users’ safe browsing. All users have to do is keep up with the latest software updates from the company.
7. Google Safe Browsing Tool secures more than 4 billion devices worldwide.
(Source: Google Safe Browsing)
Google statistics are fascinating like this…
The 2013 volume was just 1 billion. It doubled in 2016 and currently stands at well over 4 billion! Impressive growth, however you look at it.
A Break From User Base Stats for a Moment
Let’s see how massive Google is in financial terms.
8. Google’s Q2 2022 revenue was $69.1 billion.
- The Q1 2022 number was $67.3 billion
- The Q4 2021—$74.9 billion
- The Q3 2021—$64.9 billion
- The Q2 2021—$61.7 billion
- The Q1 2021—$55.2 billion
That equals around a $7 billion increase from a year ago. Google’s primary earnings source is advertising.
Now, let’s check how trusted it is amongst investors with some Google financial statistics:
9. Google’s IPO surfaced on August 19, 2004.
(Source: Search Engine Land)
Google first offered $19,605,052 worth of shares at $85 per single one. This valued the company at over $23 billion back then. Being just a five-year-old company, its employees instantly became millionaires.
10. Two days before the IPO, Google had indexed a bit over 4 billion pages.
(Source: Search Engine Land)
Yes, that seems microscopic nowadays, but almost 20 years ago, it was a lot. Also, the Google company profile wasn’t that monopolistic at the time. Infoseek, AltaVista, Lycos, and Microsoft MSN Search were all in close competition with it.
11. Google announced a 20-for-1 stock split on 02-01-2022.
Google officially completed its stock split on July 15, 2022. It applied to all Google shares: Class A (GOOGL), Class B (privately held), and Class C (GOOG).
What’s a stock split? It happens when a company divides its shares by a specific ratio in order to create new ones. This lowers the share’s cost, increases price volatility, and the probability of large swings. Companies often choose to do so to make their shares more affordable. There are other reasons as well—desire to be included in a stock index, employee benefits, etc.
12. In 2015, Google split up into several subsidiary companies.
The creator duo of Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, became heads of Alphabet, a new holding, of which all their other companies became subsidiaries.
As of August 2015, Google is just one of the nine companies under the Alphabet umbrella. The other eight being Google Fiber, Nest, Calico, Verify Life Sciences, GV, X Development LLC, CapitalG, and Boston Dynamics.
Nevertheless, each subsidiary is autonomous. This decentralized management system is modeled after Berkshire Hathaway, where Warren Buffet is Chairman and CEO.
And if you need more evidence of the immense growth Google is experiencing, keep reading:
13. Google becoming Alphabet is a power move to a technology conglomerate state.
The introduction of Alphabet as a parent company enabled Google to expand its horizons and pursue technological development in new fields. Healthcare, life sciences, robotics, and even anti-aging solutions are among the main interests of the newly formed behemoth.
The founding members of Google have always claimed theirs isn’t a conventional company and didn’t intend to turn into one. So far, so good.
14. There are two corresponding ticker symbols to Alphabet shares.
It’s not common for a company to have more than one ticker symbol, hence the GOOGL vs. GOOG debate. The first (Class A) is currently priced at $117 a share, while the second (Class C) is $118.
This stock split occurred in Q2 2014, creating A and C shares in the process. Class A represents shares held by investors with regular voting rights, while Class C has no voting rights and is typically held by employees or stockholders.
While for some, this is just a stock split, others perceive it as something more. Curiously, the B shares are held by the Alphabet Inc. owner core, aren’t traded on public markets, and have 10 times the voting power of Class A.
The Biggest Revenue Source For Google as a Company Comes From Ads
I doubt that statement catches anyone off guard. I had to disable my AdBlocker multiple times until I got this piece done.
15. Google generated $256.74 billion in 2021.
Talk about impressive Google facts. But wait, it gets even better:
The bulk of these earnings came through advertising. Google’s advertising revenue was a whopping $209.49 billion! Other sources, such as cloud services, apps, and hardware sales, made up the rest of the company’s revenue. In comparison, the 2020 figure was “only” $181.69 billion.
What’s even more impressive is that Google’s parent company Alphabet is currently the fourth most valuable company by market cap. It holds a value of $1.536 trillion and comes after Apple, Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company), and Microsoft.
16. In 2021, Google generated over $8,000 per second.
So how much does Google make a day? Let’s break out our calculators:
As you now know, Google’s entire 2021 revenue was $256.74 billion. This means the company has made:
- $703,397,260 per day
- $29,308,219 per hour
- $480,470 per minute
- $8,141 per second
Impressive, isn’t it?
To Be That Rich, You Need to Go Global
And Google does precisely that. On all possible fronts. See the evidence in the next part of our amazing Google statistics and facts:
17. Google.com is the most visited website in the world in 2022.
Semrush’s Traffic Analytics Tool is one of the most reliable and exact tools to get info on the most visited websites by traffic worldwide. They currently put Google first with an astonishing 47,830,006,491 visits.
Fun fact: A close second is another Google website—YouTube—with 46,879,366,833 visits!
18. Google dominates all around the world except in…
…China, North Korea, South Korea, and Russia.
Google Performs Incredibly in Technical Terms as Well
Yeah, we already knew that. However, there is much more to it than meets the eye. Google is determined to claim the tech crown once and for all.
19. 2 billion lines of service code span across all Google internet services.
Rachel Potvin, Engineering Manager at Google, shared this during a conference in 2015. In comparison, Microsoft Windows—one of the most complex software tools ever built—consists of 50 million lines at best.
And all these Google code lines are part of a single structure.
Detailed statistics about Google reveal Maps, Docs, Search, Google+, Calendar, Gmail, YouTube, and many more sitting in a single repository, accessible by all company engineers. Imagine 25,000 people working as a single mind, accessing common knowledge bases and galaxies of already written code.
20. Google’s version control system is called Piper.
In Potvin’s words, Piper spans as many as 10 Google data centers. 85 TB of data. 45,000 repository changes (commits) per day. 15 million lines of code appearing in 250,000 different files every week.
Let’s Dive Into Some Sci-Fi Stats About Google
They haven’t landed on Pluto yet, but have already so much… Google projects are pretty bonkers!
21. Google X was founded in 2010 as a moonshot factory to battle the world's most pressing problems.
(Source: Google X)
Google X sounds like a secret Batcave. In fact, it’s way more than that.
The company strives to solve problems around the world by proposing radical solutions. Internet-spreading balloons, drone delivery services, electricity-generating kites, light beams carrying data, and many more are being developed at X.
Get ready for another fascinating Google fact coming your way:
22. Waymo driverless cars “graduated” from Google X in 2016.
(Source: Google X)
Probably the most famous X project, Waymo is one of the top-performing companies Google owns.
It intends to bring an entirely new level of security to driverless cars. Its aim is to reduce the share of human error accidents once it becomes ready for commercial use.
23. Google developed a “connected” Levi Jacket in 2017.
(Source: Fast Company)
It may sound a tad less impactful than Waymo, but the Commuter Trucker jacket can be a cool IoT gadget.
It acts as an interface between the wearer and their phone. You can answer or ignore calls, change the music, and search for travel updates—all without looking at a screen or stopping to check your device.
24. Android Auto came to full light in 2018.
(Source: The Ambient)
Google isn’t only trying to develop smart cars from the ground up. They also aim to make existing vehicles smarter for us.
Android Auto connects with your vehicle, enabling you access to Google maps statistics, notifications, messages, apps, and music without looking away from the road.
The infotainment system is operated solely through voice commands so that you wouldn’t put yourself in a risky situation.
Keep reading to learn what the most searched thing on Google ever is and other fascinating Google usage statistics!
25. Google spent an estimated $31.6 billion on R&D in 2021 alone.
Be it a self-driving car, medically enhanced eyewear, or constantly moving Wi-Fi balloons, Google goes for its dream of a better world in a big way. There is an apparent yearly increase in the company’s R&D expenditure—in 2020, their expenses amounted to $27.6 billion, in 2019—$26 billion, and in 2018—$21.4 billion.
26. According to Google, 27% of the global online population uses voice search on their mobile device.
(Source: Think With Google)
Talking to your phone can be easier than typing in some cases. You must admit it… at least a quarter of us do.
Actually, at least 40% of all searches in the US are voice-based. Voice searching is on the rise!
27. Google has acquired 253 organizations since 1998.
The most expensive has been Motorola Mobility, acquired for $12.5 billion in 2011. They did so in an attempt to challenge Apple. Unfortunately, it was unsuccessful, which made them sell Motorola (and its over 2,000 patents) to Lenovo just three years later for $2.9 billion.
Second comes Mandiant—a cybersecurity company—acquired for $5.4 billion in March 2022. The third place takes Nest Labs—a home automation venture—bought for $3.2 billion in 2014.
AI startups are a crucial part of the Alphabet Inc. development plan.
28. 90.63% of the content online doesn't get picked up by Google.
The battle for the first page is fierce…
All the players are ruthless in their quest for #1, and those who aren’t are still underestimating just how important search engine optimization actually is.
To put it simply—SEO is the thing that puts you on top and brings your business to the next level. Why don’t you learn more about it?
29. Google is green as well.
As we can see, Google is okay with spending its profits on worthwhile causes. The team aims to find ingenious methods to solve society’s problems.
Another green fact about Google you wouldn’t expect:
30. A green dress kickstarted the creation of Google Images.
In 2000, Jennifer Lopez wore a green Versace jungle print dress to the Grammys. After her appearance, Google was flooded with queries about it—it caught the world’s attention, and people wanted to know all about it. At that time, this was the most popular search query ever input into the engine. All this led to the creation of Google Images.
Despite popular belief, the green Versace dress wasn’t the only inspiration behind the new feature. It was actually in the books for quite a while now, but Google developers weren’t entirely clear on its priority and kept putting it off. However, after seeing the massive interest J Lo’s dress spiked among users, they knew it was time and that people wanted to see more than just text. So you could say that the dress became the thing that opened the team’s eyes to people’s needs, giving them the needed push. Soon, they delivered!
The dress has sort of become an evergreen search query for Google. Over 20 years later, people are still searching for it.
31. Google is now carbon neutral.
(Source: Google Sustainability)
In 2017, the giant managed to match 100% of its global energy consumption with the energy it produces from renewable sources. Whether you are using Google Home, Cloud, or Workplace, zero carbon emissions are associated with the workload.
32. Google diverted 91% of its global data center waste from landfills in 2017.
(Source: Google APIs)
Google statistics and facts suggest they’re doing everything possible to “clean up after themselves,” if you will.
They continue to search for new ways to avoid polluting the Earth. To this end, they are working with numerous companies to come up with the best ways to achieve this.
33. Google’s data centers are 50% more efficient in terms of energy consumption than their competitors.
This has been true since 2011, which means Google has been putting effort into being eco-friendly for quite some time now.
Getting Acquainted with the Bigger Picture!
Now, it’s time for some details about each particular Google feature.
34. Gmail was launched on April 1, 2004.
Of course, initially, people thought it was an April Fools’ joke. A joke it wasn’t, rather a yet another Google project that revolutionized the industry. Gmail was launched with one gigabyte of storage space, a significantly higher amount than the norm back then.
Curiously, the original press release was loaded with silly language, leading people to believe it wasn’t another goofy hoax organized by the company.
35. Gmail has 1.8 billion active users in 2022.
Source: (Earth Web)
How many people do you know that don’t have a Gmail account? Quite a lot, perhaps. Out of all the 4.66 billion email account holders, 1.8 billion prefer using Google’s email services.
Actually, that figure goes up to 2 billion if you include all Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) users. Workspace includes services such as email, document sharing, cloud collaboration, etc.
36. Gmail’s logo was created overnight before the launch.
(Source: The Verge)
Dennis Hwang apparently follows the deadline psychology, which states that you get the best results right before the very deadline. While quite often this isn’t the case, it worked splendidly here. Thankfully, today you have a vast choice of logo builders that can get the work done in minutes.
37. As of July 2022, Gmail’s email client market share is 29.54%.
Gmail holds tight to the second place and has been for a while now. Unfortunately, the tech giant’s email service finds it hard to surpass Apple, which stands proudly on top with its 57.36%. Apple’s share includes email usage for Apple Mail Privacy Protection, Apple Mail, Apple iPhone, and Apple iPad.
38. As of July 2022, Google holds 91.43% of the search engine market share.
Google is king… not an ounce of doubt about it! The space margin is just incredible.
The entire list looks like this:
- Google: 91.43%
- Bing: 3.3%
- Yandex: 1.49%
- Yahoo!: 1.33%
- Baidu: 0.91%
- DuckDuckGo: 0.7%
39. In July 2022, Google Search’s desktop market share was 84.14%.
When it comes to market hegemony, Google utterly destroys the competition. Once again, an indisputable first place.
Let’s compare and contrast:
- Bing holds 8.85% of the global market.
- Yahoo! has 2.54% of it.
- Yandex’s, DuckDuckGo’s, and Baidu’s shares are 1.5%, 0.99%, and 0.67%, respectively.
40. Google Search dominates even harder the mobile market share!
If you thought it wasn’t possible, think again… Google’s share is even more significant in the mobile search engine market! As of July 2022, the frequently referred to as “the most powerful company in the world” holds a whopping 94.94%!
In contrast, Yandex has 1.49%, while Baidu completes the top three with its 1.05% share. Seems like a point of no return for everyone trying to reach Google. The margin is simply too wide!
41. The most expensive Google Ads keyword for 2022 is…
That would be “Business Services” for the low, low price of $58.63 per click.
The entire top 10 most expensive Google keywords for 2022 (cost per click) looks like this:
- Business Services—$58.63
- Bail Bonds—$58.46
- Asset Management—$49.55
- Cash Services & Payday Loans—$48.17
- Cleanup & Restoration Services—$47.60
- Medical Coding Services—$46.80
42. Google AdWords became Google Ads on July 24, 2018.
New name, new logo, a new Help Center, and more cool Google stuff. The brand strives to combine Search, Video, and Display into a powerful tool for marketers to use.
Next up is an astonishing Google statistic:
43. Google’s purchase of YouTube was negotiated over…
…mozzarella sticks at Denny’s. You didn’t expect this, did you?
YouTube’s co-founder Steven Chen revealed that the entire $1.65 billion acquisition was completed in one week. Why did they choose Denny’s? Chen shared that they didn’t want to meet in their offices and wondered where none of them would go. That place turned out to be Denny’s.
The 2006 deal was a Grand Slam for all sides involved—YouTube co-founders got an enormous amount of money, while Google doled out the big bucks for what would later explode as the largest, most watched video platform of all time.
Google beat Microsoft, Yahoo, Viacom, and News Corporation to close the deal.
44. In 2007, YouTube alone passed the combined internet bandwidth volume of the year 2000.
(Source: Media Literacy)
Not much to add here, just food for thought. Carrying on with another fascinating stats about Google’s projects:
45. YouTube’s Q2 2022 advertising revenue amounted to $7.34 billion.
So… a pretty good purchase, right?
Let’s elaborate on that:
- YouTube’s entire 2021 advertising revenue reached $28.8 billion!
- As of Q2 2022, YouTube has generated $14.2 billion. Looks like it’s going to surpass its last-year record.
46. Over 80% of US adults use YouTube.
(Source: Omnicore Agency)
This speaks volumes for the immense reach Youtube has achieved…
What’s more: 81% of American males and 80% of females use the platform on a daily basis. Curiously, only 15.9% of YouTube’s site traffic comes from the US. Talk about a global reach!
47. Chrome Experiments: The Stellar Neighborhood.
(Source: Google Chrome)
Chrome offers a multitude of features to its users—some to simplify their life, others to entertain and enrich them. Let’s focus on an example:
Chrome’s experiment called 100,000 stars uses real-time data from catalogs to gather info about the 119,617 nearby stars. Open it, and you can explore a breathtaking galaxy full of stars and constellations. Some are clickable, providing further information about their position and story and a guided overview of the entire visualization. Cool, right?
48. Chrome’s search bar can be used as a calculator.
A Google search stat you probably weren’t aware of, right? Don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for.
This one doesn’t have numbers in it. Knowing that can come in handy, though.
Oh, a random Google Translate encounter!
49. Google Translate translates over 100 billion words daily in 2022.
(Source: News Text Area)
133 supported languages, almost instant spoken conversation translations, and even visual translation—all these and more make Google Translate the most accessible and popular translator tool to use worldwide.
50. The average person carries out three to four searches daily.
Want to learn something new? Wondering about that word’s spelling or that song’s lyrics? Want to check some info about your favorite artist, team, movie, etc., etc… Where do you go for all this and so much more? The answer is, of course, Google.
Searching for info on Google is now such a fundamental part of our daily routine that it has turned into its own verb. How often do you hear yourself say, “Why don’t you just google it?”
Fun fact: The first time “google” was used as a verb on TV was during an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The verb, however, was officially added to the Merriam-Webster and Oxford English dictionaries in 2006. Talk about making history!
51. Google Maps statistics show they consist of 21 million gigabytes of data.
Or simply, 20 petabytes. Street, aerial, and satellite images keep growing in size as Maps is constantly developing.
52. In 2021, Google owned 20.5% of the global smart speaker market share.
Google breathes down Amazon’s neck while battling for first, but Amazon is currently managing to hold down the fort. Jeff Bezos’s company is still the leading vendor in the global smart speaker market, with a market share of 26.4%. Google holds 20.5% of the market. The rest is divided into Baidu, Alibaba, Apple, Xiaomi, and other smaller players.
The smart speaker market is growing exponentially with every passing day. Its 2022 estimate is at $8.14 billion, while forecasts predict a 2027 value of $16.47 billion.
53. Google and its mirror versions…
Elgoog is a mirrored Google search that flips results horizontally. It may sound useless, but it was actually extremely useful in circumventing the Great Firewall in China. It’s not a Google product; it was created by All Too Flat, but sadly, it no longer exists in such a form.
The website has since migrated to the “elgoog.im” domain and contains a collection of all Easter Eggs initiated by Google throughout the years.
Fun fact: On April Fools Day 2015, Google created an official mirrored version of its website as that year’s prank. The website was available at com.google.
54. The average cost-per-click for global search ads in 2022 is $0.62.
Getting organic clicks and working on your SEO strategy is critical to a great ranking. However, enhancing your efforts with a reasonable advertising budget will ensure that your business always pops up at the top of the search results.
As a comparison, the Q4 2021 price was $0.7, while the Q1 2021—$0.52.
55. As of June 2022, “facebook” is the most popular Google Keyword.
You’ve probably wondered what are the most popular Google searches, right? Well, here you go:
Ahrefs helps us sneak a peek into Americans’ browser history and learn what exactly they are searching for the most. According to the most recent data, “facebook” has dethroned “youtube” as the most popular keyword. Currently, “facebook” boasts 160,000,000 hits, while “youtube” is left behind with 151,000,000.
Next on the line are the likes of Amazon, Google, Walmart, Gmail, etc. Seeing a lot of popular platforms? Apparently, people would rather search for them on Google than visit their websites directly.
56. Google Drive boasts over 5 billion installs.
(Source: Google Play Store)
It joined Chrome, Gmail, Maps, Android, YouTube, and Google Play Store in the “1 billion downloads club” in 2018. Drive was introduced in 2012, which makes for quite a milestone in just six years of service. The app’s still recording great numbers, currently at more than 5 billion installs!
57. Google discontinued 11 products in 2021.
No doubt, Google is at the top of its game in the products department. But even they have a couple of not-successful-enough tries they have swept under the rug. Some of them include:
- Loon—a project with a desire to improve stratospheric communication by using high-altitude balloons to expand internet access.
- Google Cardboard—another VR attempt by the company. This one’s still available as an open-source project, but Google no longer supports it.
- Google Go Links—a URL shortener allowing users to shorten and customize their links.
- Google Hangouts—a cross-platform messaging app.
58. Chromebooks’ OS can run apps native to other operating systems.
(Source: Computer World)
Now for the next portion of facts about Google you might not know:
Apps for Chrome, Android, Windows, and even third-party ones are available on a Chromebook. The whole system runs on a Linux-like environment that can apparently emulate others as well. That kind of diversity definitely works in Google’s favor.
59. Google Books’ database contains 129,864,880 books.
(Source: The Atlantic)
The tech giant is moving fast on its efforts to digitize all books humanity has produced, thus presenting the most extensive virtual library in the world. The collection is massive already! Who knows where that will lead us…
Aside From All This, Google Has Always Been in the News
What are the Google statistics and facts if we don’t turn to more serious topics at least for a bit?
60. Google aims to fulfill gender equality expectations, but it has a long way to go.
(Source: Wall Street Journal)
A class-action suit from 2017 accused Google of systematically underpaying women in similar job positions or levels as men. The claim was filed on behalf of all female employees in the company for the 2013–2017 period.
Curiously, in 2019, the US Department of Labor furthered such accusations and started investigating Google. Interestingly, in an attempt to even the scales, Google was reported to have underpaid many of its male employees.
The culmination of this situation took place in June 2022. Google still doesn’t admit any wrongdoings but has agreed to resolve the class-action suit covering about 15,000 women by settling for $118 million.
Keep in mind that this is just a single case. Who knows what happens in private that doesn’t reach the media’s or people’s ears…
61. Over two-thirds of Google employees are men.
Let’s continue the subject with some gender division stats about Google:
So in 2021, Google employees were predominately male (66.3%). That leaves 33.7% for women. As a side note, at the end of 2021, Alphabet’s employee count was 156,600 full-time workers.
What’s more worrying is that the distribution between genders hasn’t seen much of a change over the years. In 2014, female employees were about 30%. By comparing with the 2021 figure, we can see this number has increased by just 3%...
62. Google Discover has over 800 million active monthly users.
(Source: Search Engine Watch)
What does Google Discover do?
First, it gets to know you. Then, it helps with content distribution by delivering news and articles relevant to your interests and needs directly to your feed. It’s a pretty neat feature; apparently, people enjoy it quite a bit.
What does the service factor in building your profile? Google search statistics reveal that this would be search and browser history, app activity, and location. All information that Google already knows.
63. The very first Google Doodle came to light in 1998.
(Source: The Atlantic)
The Burning Man stick figure was doodled in reference to the Nevada festival of the same name.
Its purpose? To let users know Sergey Brin and Larry Page were on vacation and couldn’t fix any possible tech issues with the platform.
64. In December 2018, Sundar Pichai sat down before Congress.
Google’s CEO answered questions from the House Judiciary Committee for more than three hours. However, their inquiries weren’t directed at the most apparent Google facts controversies—data collection and sexual harassment accusations.
Congress members were more concerned with some hate speech targeted at them, appearing on a kid’s smartphone. The fact the word “idiot” brought up Donald Trump in Google searches had also raised a few eyebrows in Congress.
That’s not the only time Pichai has spoken before Congress. In 2021, he sat down together with Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey to talk about how their platforms handle misinformation and its damaging consequences.
65. Google spent a total of $9.6 million on lobbying in 2021.
Google increased its lobbying expenditure by 28% in 2021. They have been under a lot of scrutiny by Congress for accusations of abusing their large market size. In response, Congress has introduced a mountain of bills to keep them in control. However, they are yet to pass as laws.
66. The first-ever Google storage PC was built with Legos.
Yep, Legos were the backbone of Google storage back then. At least for a time. Chrome also partnered with Lego Australia to enable a Lego builder in the search engine. However, that experiment is now closed.
67. Google.com was officially registered on September 15, 1997.
(Source: Business Insider)
Nonetheless, Google launched its platform a year later—on September 27th, 1998. This date is now considered Google’s birthday.
68. On average, the first page results in Google load in less than 2,000 milliseconds.
(Sources: Website Hosting Rating)
Given that 75% of all Google users don’t click on results from pages two and up, it is crucial to have a comprehensive SEO strategy and, apparently, a fast website so you can land on the first one.
Just so you know, even a one-second delay in your website loading speed can cost you about 7% of ecommerce conversions.
69. The “I am feeling lucky” Google feature isn’t a users’ favorite.
(Source: Pandora FMS)
Just 1% of people on Google use the option. Interestingly enough, it bypasses all possible paid ads, which accounts for hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for the conglomerate. However, it’s not going away anytime soon.
After all, it’s part of Google’s core ideology.
70. Google’s initial name was BackRub.
(Source: Business Insider)
We are aware that both inventors of Google are keen on wordplay. The explanation behind the name? Well, their platform analyzed backlinks to determine websites’ importance.
We’ve taken a pretty detailed trip through Google’s dominance metrics, and we even had time to chill out with some fun facts.
This should give you a better, more solid awareness of how the tech giant operates and grows as a service. Using any of Google’s features eases our stay on the internet, boosts our skills and knowledge, and ultimately provides a complex virtual environment to explore.
Still, we haven’t even begun to cover all existing Google statistics and facts, as that’s rather impossible. If you want to know even more, you just google it!
Alex is a fan of heavy music and light technologies. He occasionally puts the cold one aside to contribute to our efforts to unpack the latest in the digital world.
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