October 14th, 2005, 10:23 PM
What's in a Name???
Interesting little site...
The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book Gulliver's Travels. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.
The name Yahoo! is an acronym for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle," but Filo and Yang insist they selected the name because they liked the general definition of a yahoo: "rude, unsophisticated, uncouth." (Source: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/misc/history.html
) - Thanks, Barry Ritholtz.
October 14th, 2005, 11:05 PM
I like the Google story better:
So they got that name because some other company couldn't spell Googol on a cheque.
The name started as a jockey boast about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named 'Googol', a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders - Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to 'Google'
October 15th, 2005, 01:21 AM
I like Google's the most .... this is from Google site ...
Interesting one, man.
What does "Google" mean?
The name "Google" is a play on the word "googol," which was coined by Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. A googol refers to the number represented by a 1 followed by 100 zeros. A googol is a very large number. 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 (and seemingly infinite) amount of information and make it universally accessible and useful.
More information about Google can be found at
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October 15th, 2005, 01:37 AM
This is old news for this name I guess but what if!!!
Has a kind of nice ring to it eh! like a gaggle of geese, you would have a gaggle of hoos, somebody please stop me.
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