How Tech Companies Got Their Odd Names

Had fate twisted differently, you might have bought domain names from, searched for stuff online via BackRub or never heard of Yahoo because its original name, Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web was so wordy it might have killed the company.

ITworld tracks down the Before They Were Stars backstories of Yahoo, Apple, Google, Asus, GoDaddy and Fark, explaining how they came to assume the monikers that now seem normal but at a distance look pretty odd.

Click on the source link to discover how Google might have been known as BackRub, how the Apple name might have been related to Steve Jobs’s commune-running pals and how Fark just blinked into existence out of nowhere.

How 6 Memorable Tech Companies Got Their Names [IT World via Slashdot]