I Googled Google

They say watching TV rots your brain…clearly Netflix binge watching is different, because I learn new things all the time! The most recent tasty, tidbit of knowledge came from the Netflix Original Series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmitt. Season 3 was just released, so I naturally spent my entire day getting caught up on the hip happenings of the quirky Kimmy, Man Diva Tituss, and socialite Jaquelin. In episode 11 “Kimmy Googles the Internet!” she learns about Google and its almighty – and often scary – powers.

Somewhere in the episode a character says “Google is just Go Ogle without a space.” And that got my snow globe all shook up; is that really what Google means? I haven’t actually stopped to think about the origin of the name Google; I just accepted it as the name of the most powerful search engine and moved on. So I started my research. That’s right. I googled Google.

Well first, I googled the definition of ogle, because it just didn’t seem to jive. For those of you who are curious, the official definition of ogle is:

Well, this sorta makes sense. A lot of people use Google for stalking – err, research – purposes, so sure, ‘Go stare at in a lecherous manner’ is plausible. But I doubt that’s what the creators of Google were going for… and this also confirmed my suspicions that you can’t believe everything you hear on Kimmy Schmitt, but it was a clever line none the less. So I began to dig a little deeper…but not too deep, because let’s be honest. If you have to go to page 2 of Google, you’ve gone too far.

So here’s some trivia, kids…what is the mathematical name for a 1 followed by 100 zeros? Googol! Legend has it that Larry Page and Sergey Brin wanted to create a search engine powerful enough to index 10, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000 pages of the Internet. Once they realized the name “BackRub” was lackluster (and creepy…and that no one would know it was to reference their search engine’s capability to search through the backlinks of the deep, dark, World Wide Web), they brainstormed the idea of Googolplex. Googolplex, suggested to them by their friend Sean, was to refer to 10 to the power of googol. That’s right, let’s add even more zeros! All too mathy, if you ask a marketing major like myself. A lot of people 1) don’t math, 2) will never take the time to fully click through that many pages, and 3) get distracted quickly. After what I am sure was a highly intellectual discussion over pizza, these men decided they liked the simpler form of Googol verses Googolplex. Sean did a quick domain search (I wonder what search engine he used at the time?) to see if http://www.Googol.com was available; however, he accidentally misspelled his search and purchased the domain name Google.

Don’t you love how the most powerful and most popular search engine got its name from a spelling error? I do! I misspell almost everething. 😉 I do, however, appreciate the symbolism of googol and the unfathomable number of web pages the Internet offers. Very clever.
So there you have it…a quick lesson of Google provided to you by Google Search. The more you know!

Thanks for reading and may all your Google searches be erased before you run for President!

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