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Interesting origins of big tech names

Each company has its own strategies to build up a big name in the world. However, given reasons seem to be apparent in technology world. It is widely known that the name Google comes from a large number named a “googol” or Microsoft is the combination of “microcomputer” and “software”. Have you ever wondered what lies beyond such names as  Twitter, Yahoo! or BlackBerry? Let’s discover interesting stories behind top tech names as follows:



While being at Stanford University as Ph.D. candidates, Yahoo! co-founders David Filo and Jerry Yang had basic ideas of Yahoo. The first project included categorized lists of favorite links on the Internet. Therefore, they called it “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web”. Later, Yahoo! actually stands for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle”. Besides, the founders explained that this name was selected for its “uncouth, rude, and unsophisticated”.


Yahoo! was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994



It is widely believed by customers that BlackBerry’s buttons look like berry seeds. Nevertheless, the name BlackBerry is just for marketing. RIM manufacturers prefer a distinctive, memorable but funny name which is effective in international transaction and appeals to a variety of customers. In the end, they chose a connotative word instead of a descriptive or invented word to call their product.


BlackBerry was developed and designed by Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM) in 1996.



Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google and is based upon the Linux kernel and GNU software. It seems that Android co-founder and former CEO Andy Rubin is very keen on robots. So, Android apparently is the combination of his name and the robot’s name.


According to NPD Group, unit sales for Android OS smart phones ranked first among all smart phone OS handsets sold in the U.S. in the second quarter of 2010




It was reported that Adobe founders John Warnock and Chuck Geschke worked for Xerox between the late 1970s and early 1980s. Both of them lived in Los Altos, California through which Adobe Creek runs. According to Wikipedia, the creek was named after the nearby house of a Governor in the late 19th century. Therefore, to some extent, the name of the company was inspired from the building material.


Adobe Systems Incorporated offers a line of business and mobile software and services.



In fact, there is not official information about the true origin of Apple. Let’s have a look at the rumors as follows:

Steve Jobs used to work at an apple farm in California or Oregon during the summer. Therefore, he seems to be in favor of apples.

– Steve Jobs is really fond of the Beatles.

– Steve Jobs registered the name for the business three months late, so he threatened to use the name Apple Computers if his colleagues had no better suggestion before 5 p.m.

– Steven Jobs attempted to create new image instead of complicated, cold and unapproachable images at that time


Apple is best-known for its hardware products including the Macintosh computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad



Do you know that the name Twitter was picked out of a hat? A small group of employees from Odeo where Twitter initially began gathered to think of a suitable name with the theme of a cell phone buzzing whenever there is an update. They wrote down selected names and put them into a hat. Eventually, the name Twitter was chosen by fate.


Twitter is now popular worldwide and attracts more than 100 million users



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