Google and other American tech companies were thrust into the national spotlight in recent weeks, with critics claiming the platforms are intentionally censoring conservative voices, “shadow-banning” leading personalities, and impacting American elections in an unprecedented way.
In another explosive exposé, Project Veritas Founder James O’Keefe revealed senior Google officials vowing to prevent the “Trump Situation” from occurring again during the 2020 elections.
The controversy dates back much further. In the fall of 2018, The SEO Tribunal published an article detailing 63 “fascinating Google search statistics.”
The article shows the planet’s largest search engine handles more than 63,000 requests per second, owns more than 90% of the global market share, and generated $95 billion in ad sales during 2017.
1. Google receives over 63,000 searches per second on any given day.
That’s the average figure of how many people use Google a day, which translates into at least 2 trillion searches per year, 3.8 million searches per minute, 228 million searches per hour, and 5.6 billion searches per day. Pretty impressive, right?
2. 15% of all searches have never been searched before on Google.
Out of trillions of searches every year, 15% of these queries have never been seen by Google before. Such queries mostly relate to day-to-day activities, news, and trends, as confirmed per Google search stats.
3. Google takes over 200 factors into account before delivering you the best results to any query in a fraction of a second.
Of course, some of them are rather controversial, and others may vary significantly, but there are also those that are proven and important, such as content and backlinks.
4. Google’s ad revenue amounted to almost $95.4 billion in 2017.
According to recent Google stats, that is 25% up from 2016. The search giant saw nearly 22% ad revenue growth in the fourth quarter only.
5. Google owns about 200 companies.
That is, on average, as if they’ve been acquiring more than one company per week since 2010. Among those there are companies involved in mapping, telecommunications, robotics, video broadcasting, and advertising.
6. Google’s signature email product has a 27% share of the global email client market.
This is up by 7% since 2016.
7. Upon going public, Google figures show the company was valued at $27 billion.
More specifically, the company sold over 19 million shares of stock for $85 per share. In other words, it was valued as much as General Motors.
8. The net US digital display ad revenue for Google was $5.24 billion in 2017.
Google statistics show that this number is significantly lower than Facebook, which made $16.33 billion, but much higher than Snapchat, which brought in $770 million from digital display ads.
9. Google has a market value of $739 billion.
As of May 2018, the search market leader has a market value of $739 billion, coming behind Apple, which has a market value of $924 billion, Amazon, which has a market value of $783 billion, and Microsoft, which has a market value of $753.
10. Google’s owner, Alphabet, reported an 84% rise in profits for the last quarter.
(Source: The Guardian)
The rising global privacy concerns didn’t affect Google’s profits. According to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S, the quarterly profit of $9.4 billion exceeded estimates of $6.56 billion. Additionally, the price for clicks and views of ads sold by Google rose in its favor mostly due to advertisers who pursued ad slots on its search engine, YouTube video service, and partner apps and websites.
Read the full list at The SEO Tribunal.
GOOGLE GLITCH: Employee Emails Show Executives Were ‘SURPRISED’ by Trump’s Latino Support
Newly released emails exchanged between Google employees reveal how senior staffers reacted to President Trump’s victory in 2016, with top-level employees saying they were “surprised” by his popularity among Hispanic and Latino voters.
According to Fox News, the emails were written by Google’s head of multicultural marketing and reveal the tech giant’s efforts to turnout the vote ahead of the 2016 general election.
“We worked very hard. Many people did. We pushed to get out the Latino vote with our features, our partners, and our voices. We kept our Googley efforts non-partisan and followed our company’s protocols for the elections strategy,” states the email.
“Ultimately, after all was said and one [sic], the Latino community did come out to vote, and completely surprised us. We never anticipated that 29% of Latinos would vote for Trump. No one did,” the executive wrote.
Read the full story at Fox News.
GOOGLE GLITCH: Search Engine Labels Republicans as ‘NAZIS’ in Results
Technology giant Google came under fire Thursday after the search engine listed “Nazism” as the official ideology of the California Republican Party, sparking outrage from GOP supporters across the country.
According to Vice News, the term “Nazism” was used to describe the party’s ideology in the search engine’s “knowledge panel,” which shows quick information on a subject the user may be interested in.
Stay classy, Google
(and note the actual Wikipedia page does not include the Nazi reference, only the Google summary) pic.twitter.com/ohq0Hvg1QO
— Brian Riedl 🧀 (@Brian_Riedl) May 31, 2018
Google has since removed the party’s “ideology” panel from the search engine.
“It is disgraceful that the world’s largest search engine has labeled millions of California Republicans as Nazis,” said GOP congressman Kevin McCarthy.
“This is just the latest incident in a disturbing trend to slander conservatives. These damaging actions must be held to account. The bias has to stop,” he added.
Read the full story at Vice News.