By now, most of us have heard the story of how Google got its name -- from a misspelling of "googol," an impossibly high number (10 to the 100th power, or more than the total number of atoms in the observable universe). But Google isn't the only company out there with an odd name. And it certainly isn't the only name with an interesting origin story.
The whole naming thing made us curious, so we looked into the background behind names like "Facebook" and "Twitter." Check out the gallery below to find the origins of those names ane more. [From: Mental Floss]
The Web site mental_floss put together a list covering the origins of 8 high-tech names, and it got us thinking about some of the other popular -- and oddly-named -- sites, software, and applications out there. Ever wonder where "facebook," "skype," or "delicious" came from? Read on!
Facebook: The social-networking site was named after the student address book at Harvard, where Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg spent almost 2 years."
Skype: The name for the Internet phone service is a mix of "Sky" and "peer-to-peer," though it doesn't really have anything to do with either term.
Twitter: The name Twitter is inspired by bird speak -- brief and ongoing. No wonder the short, 140-word messages one posts on the social-networking/microblogging service are called "tweets."