15 December 2012

8 Strangest Famous & Successful Company Origin Names

Some companies nowadays are very successful with their services and products but their name origins were strange. It is therefore interesting to know some history facts. Check this out for the 8 Strangest Famous Company original names.

While we are using some software and websites, sometimes we failed to check in its history particularly its origin names and with that it should be noted that these companies have a strangest names(at least).

8 Strangest Famous Company Origins(notes)


1. Yahoo! 
  • Yahoo! is a SEARCH Engine(compared to Bing,Yandex,Google)
  • Founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo
  • Incorporated on March 1, 1995
  • Originally named, "David and Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web"
  • Later Renamed to "Yahoo!"
  • Yahoo acronym for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle"

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahoo!

2. Skype
  • Skype is a VOIP ( Voice over IP) video chat hybrid peer-to-peer service and client-server system.
  • First released on 2003
  • Developers were Estonian Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn(originally developed Kazaa)
  • Originally named, " Sky Peer-to-Peer"
  • In 2011, Microsoft bought it for $8.5 billion.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skype

3. Zynga
  • Zynga is one of the leaders of developing Games(Facebook, Android, iOS)
  • Founded last April 2007.
  • Mark Pincus, the founder.
  • Originally named, "Presidio Media".
  • Later named to Zynga after American bulldog named Zinga (Used the image bulldog as its logo)
  • Zynga's first game, Texas Hold'Em Poker, now known as Zynga Poker, was released on Facebook in July 2007.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zynga

4. Twitter
  • Twitter is a microblogging social networking site(140 Characters - tweets)
  • Created by Jack Dorsey in March 2006.
  • Describe as SMS of the Internet
  • Originally code named, "twttr" - 5 character length of American SMS short codes.
"...we came across the word 'twitter', and it was just perfect. The definition was 'a short burst of inconsequential information,' and 'chirps from birds'. And that's exactly what the product was." – Jack Dorsey
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter

5. Yandex
  • Yandex is a Russian largest search engine
  • In 1993, Arkady Volozh and llya Segalovich developed and invented the word "YANDEX"
  • Yandex for "Yet Another iNDEXer"
  • The Russian word "Я" ("Ya") corresponds to the English personal pronoun "I", making "Яndex" a bilingual pun on "index".
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yandex

6. GoDaddy
  • GoDaddy is an internet domain registrar and web hosting company.
  • Founded in 1997.
  • Bob Parsons (a US Marine Corps), the founder.
  • Originally named, "Jomax Technologies"
  • Later became Go Daddy Group Inc.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_Daddy

7. Facebook
  • Facebook is a social networking service.
  • First launched in February 2004.
  • Founded by Mark Zuckerberg with fellow Harvard University students Eduardo Saverin,Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.
  • Originally named, "Facemash"
  • Later it became thefacebook.com now Facebook
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook

8. Google
  • Google is a Largest search engine
  • Began with a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in January 1996 at Stanford University of California.
  • Originally nicknamed "BackRub"
  • Later changed to misspelling word "Googol" (Number one followed by 100 zeros)
  • Original domains: domains google.stanford.edu and z.stanford.edu.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google

Sometimes, when we know about some history of those companies, we tend to smile and scratch our head and ask "Where the heck they got the names? I never thought about this and that".

PS. Where did i come up for MABZICLE?

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