Here's a reminder of just how huge Google search truly is

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We're far beyond the time when the word "Google" was simply associated with a search engine.

But self-driving cars and smart contact lenses aside, search is still Google's bread-and-butter.

Here are some fun facts about it:

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First, a trip down memory lane. Here's what Google's search page looked like back in 1997:

First, a trip down memory lane. Here's what Google's search page looked like back in 1997:

In 1998, the year Google officially launched, users were making about 500,000 searches per day. Now, there are more than 2.3 million Google searches per second.

In 1998, the year Google officially launched, users were making about 500,000 searches per day. Now, there are more than 2.3 million Google searches per second.

Source: Google

That adds up to more than 100,000,000,000 Google searches per month.

That adds up to more than 100,000,000,000 Google searches per month.

Source: Google

For each one, Google takes over 200 factors into account before delivering you the best results to any query in 1/8 of a second.

For each one, Google takes over 200 factors into account before delivering you the best results to any query in 1/8 of a second.

Source: Google

People rely on Google's services so heavily that when they all went down for 5 minutes in 2013, global internet traffic dropped by 40%.

People rely on Google's services so heavily that when they all went down for 5 minutes in 2013, global internet traffic dropped by 40%.

Source: CNET

Google's search index contains over 100 million gigabytes of data. It would take 100,000 one-terabyte personal drives to contain the same amount of data.

Google's search index contains over 100 million gigabytes of data. It would take 100,000 one-terabyte personal drives to contain the same amount of data.

Source: Google

Although the 69% of internet browser users who have Chrome don't actually ever type out "Google.com" anymore, the company owns a bunch of domains that are common misspellings of Google, like Gooogle.com, Gogle.com, Googlr.com, and more. Google also owns 466453.com, too ...

Although the 69% of internet browser users who have Chrome don't actually ever type out "Google.com" anymore, the company owns a bunch of domains that are common misspellings of Google, like Gooogle.com, Gogle.com, Googlr.com, and more. Google also owns 466453.com, too ...

Source: W3Schools

Google creates products that it hopes will matter to millions, or even billions, of people. However, it also takes on important projects that matter only to small groups: Google's internationalization team spent more than four years working with reps from Cherokee Nation to bring the language into search (it's also available on Gmail, Chromebooks, and Android).

Google creates products that it hopes will matter to millions, or even billions, of people. However, it also takes on important projects that matter only to small groups: Google's internationalization team spent more than four years working with reps from Cherokee Nation to bring the language into search (it's also available on Gmail, Chromebooks, and Android).

Source: Cherokee.org

Since October 2015, more than half of Google's searches happen on mobile.

Since October 2015, more than half of Google's searches happen on mobile.

If you want to dive into your own digital archive, you can visit Google.com/history to see *every single search* tied to your account.

If you want to dive into your own digital archive, you can visit Google.com/history to see *every single search* tied to your account.

Google also makes it possible to download and delete your own information.

Check out yours here.

Although moonshot projects like internet-bearing balloons are sexier than ads, the latter keeps the company airborne. Google made ~90% of its revenue from advertising in 2015.

Although moonshot projects like internet-bearing balloons are sexier than ads, the latter keeps the company airborne. Google made ~90% of its revenue from advertising in 2015.

Source: Google

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