Ever wondered the origin of Google and its logo?
A brief explanation of the real meaning behind Google.
Why was the name Google chosen?
Google, dating back to 1996, was originally called BackRub.
This is because the system is designed to check for “backlinks”.
You can estimate the importance of a page by counting the number of “backlinks” (links that lead to your website).
Eventually the name was changed to Google.
This was a play on the mathematical term googol, which means a huge number (one followed by 100 zeros).
It represented how Google handles vast amounts of web data.
What is the meaning behind Google’s colors?
The Google logo is iconic and has changed very little since its inception.
It’s flatter and “cleaner” now, but ultimately it’s retained its core color palette throughout most of its history.
Blue “G”, red “o”, yellow “o”, blue “g”, green “l” and red “e” are very familiar to us.
Google originally wanted to use the primary colors blue, red, and yellow for its logo.
But that doesn’t explain that it contains green.
“There were many different color iterations,” said graphic designer Ruth Cedar, who detailed the process in an interview with Wired over 20 years ago.
“We finally got to the primary colors.
“But instead of tidying up the pattern, we gave the L a second color. This revived the idea that Google doesn’t follow the rules.”
Google is also said to have originally wrapped its first server at Stanford University in blue, red, and yellow Lego bricks.
Either way, the Google logo is one of the most recognizable logos on the planet.
But can you remember the order of the letter colors without looking them up? Give it a try and see if your memory reaches scratch.
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