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Old 01-04-2008, 09:36 AM
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What does 'Google' mean?

What does 'Google' mean?



The name 'Google' is a play on the word 'googol,' coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. A 'googol' refers to the number represented by a 1 followed by 100 zeros. It's a very large number. In fact, there isn't a googol of anything in the universe -- not stars, not dust particles, not atoms. Google's use of the term reflects our mission to organize the world's immense (seemingly infinite) amount of information and make it universally accessible and useful.
 
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Old 01-04-2008, 11:37 AM
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Interestingly, a googolplex is a 1 followed by a googol zeros.
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That is so cool I never knew that. I always just thought it was a play on toggle or something
 
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And yes, rhyswynne is correct and “Googol” is the math term for the figure 1 followed by a hundred zeros. And I posted an article here with that included within it yesterday, but for some reason, it is now in data heaven. OH, well, I guess the Divine Ms. Chic Geek decided to finally get me back! Its either that or she just misses me and wants my attention. Yeah, probably, that's it because I never call or send her email as there are just too many beautiful women, I mean TOO MUCH WORK TO BE DONE here in Tokyo! Also, the weather in sunny England probably is not helping our "international relationship" very well either. ("D'OH!!!" I just actually revealed our little secret..... Hey I wonder what this 'Post Quick Reply' button is for?)

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oh i never thought that "Google" term has a story behind
 
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:56 AM
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Now I know the story behind.. But personally when I heard about the word Google the first thing that comes to my mind is to SEARCH.
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Old 01-17-2008, 09:49 AM
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I don't think that the owner of google named their site after that idea.
 
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Old 01-17-2008, 11:24 AM
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Thanks Bsgcorp!

You're a historian/ SEO is that correct?

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Old 01-17-2008, 11:59 AM
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there's no doubt...the thread starter is a Google geek...
 
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Old 01-17-2008, 11:32 PM
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Check this:

http://www.google.com/intl/en/corporate/history.html

In "Google Story". There is interesting story regarding how the word was misspelled.

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hey, thanks for such info. now i know what does google means.
 
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:51 AM
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interesting!thanks for sharing!
 
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Old 01-22-2008, 09:23 AM
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... In fact, there isn't a googol of anything in the universe -- not stars, not dust particles, not atoms. ...
This statement is incorrect, IMO, as the primary definition of the word "universe" involves supposition.
 
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very interesting
 
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thats why they are number 1 and followed by zeros... lol...
 
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yup, in "The Google Story" it is clearly given, the '1 followed by a 100 zeros' thing
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Hey !!! thanks BSGCORP.
You are the first person from where I got the actual meaning of putting "Google" as a name for search engine". I think you r right b'coz something that you told about Google, is related with search engine.
 
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I had heard this in my college days, but interesting.............
 
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The Meaning of Google

"Googol" is the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros. The term was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner, and was popularized in the book, "Mathematics and the Imagination" by Kasner and James Newman. Google's play on the term reflects the company's mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the web.
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