It might be an online marketing giant but Google is far from conventional, especially where it’s headquarters are concerned! So whether it’s the story behind the first Google Doodle, the trend for office dogs or Google’s love of sweets, read on to find out just how the search engine’s hardworking team get by and, who knows, maybe they’ll inspire your own office to make some unconventional changes! 1. The first Google Doodle was an out of office reply. Google’s Doodles have featured everything from works of art to playable Olympic sports, but where did it all begin? Perhaps not unsurprisingly, it was an out of office message designed in 1998 to let users know that team members Brin and Page were away at the Burning Man Festival. It even featured the event’s logo! 2. The first Google storage was made from Lego. Way back in 1996, Google’s first storage was made up of a modest 40GB (less than a modern iPod), and constructed from Lego to save a few pennies and provide an expendable way to house their ten hard drives. It even included a couple of miniature Lego figurines on top and, legend has it, went on to inspire their logo design. 3. Google’s first ever Tweet wasn’t as straight-forward as you may think. Our online marketing team know that Google isn’t one to do things by halves, but even we didn’t expect what their first Tweet would say. Suitably nerdy, the message read “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010,” or “I’m feeling lucky” in binary. 4. Google rents goats! Yep, you heard us correctly! The Google team rent their goats from a company called California Grazing to help eradicate the weeds and brush at their headquarters. They even employ a goat herder and sheepdog to keep their 200 “cute lawnmowers” in check. 5. Google’s logo wasn’t centred until 2001. Most of our online marketing team are a little too young to remember this, but Google’s entire homepage – logo and all – rested snugly at a left-hand bias until March 31st 2001. You might even remember remember the Yahoo! Style exclamation mark that used to be part of their logo. 6. Dogs are more than welcome at Google headquarters. Google are very proud to be a dog friendly company, allowing members of staff to bring their four legged friends to work and even naming company dogs such as Yoshka the Leonberger. Cats however, aren’t quite as welcome, with Google incorporating this statement into their code of conduct: “Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we’re a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out.” 7. Swedish Fish have the pleasure of being Google’s first every company snack. A mantle to be proud of, Swedish Fish are officially the first ever snack to be ordered into the Google office, and it didn’t stop there! Google are now famous for treating their staff to free drinks on tap, three times daily gourmet meals and a plethora of summer barbecues. Thankfully, they also boast a Google gym to help avoid the infamous “Google 15” weight gain. 8. Google has a company dinosaur. So far Google have been living every child’s dream, with a lawn full of hungry, hungry goats and a storage unit made entirely of Lego, but it doesn’t stop there – they even have a company dinosaur! The life size T-Rex skeleton named Stan looms down on staff from Mountain View and is kept company by pink flamingos, Google-coloured phone boxes and adult-sized ball pits! One thing’s for sure, our online marketing team definitely wish we could spend a day at Google headquarters!
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