All The Brands And Companies That Used To Be Known By A Different Name
Don’t know how often we’d use Google if it was still called Backrub.
Google is one of the most recognizable names and brands in the world. It’s a noun, it’s a verb. It’s the search engine we all use to find out why our head hurts and if we should call poison control after our kid eats shampoo. But in the early days of the search engine’s development, it was actually called Backrub. Which is … creepy? The name was meant to reference the way the search engine analyzed “back links” on the internet and help users understand how the world wide web actually worked. The name lasted less than a year, and it officially became Google in 1997, thank god.