“Google it”, sound familiar? It is safe to say that I use this phrase on a regular basis. Whenever someone asks me a question that I don’t know the answer to, I usually respond with “Google it.” Even when I think I know the answer, I still want to make sure it is correct so I will go and search Google.
“BackRub” was created by two Stanford computer science grads in 1997. Larry Page and Sergey Brin decided to change the name to “Google” which is a spinoff of the mathematical term “googol.” Personally I am happy they changed the name! Google is by far the most utilized search engine on the World Wide Web and is offered in about 40 different languages. On average 78.53% of search engine users use Google, followed by 9.32% using Bing and 9.10% using Yahoo. I was actually surprised with these 2011 statistics, I figured Bing and Yahoo would have a bit more of the market share. It looks like Google is destroying their competition!
Google has saved me hours and hours when researching for essays and assignments. I really can’t imagine what it would be like to write a paper without my favorite search engine. Last year I took a class called “Alternative Media” and my professor tried to explain to us how much longer it took him to write an essay without the Internet. He actually had to take out BOOKs from the LIBRARY (wow what a concept). If I want to find a source or a quote I instantly go to “Google Books” or “Google Scholar” and I always seem to find what I am looking for. Is this bad?
Nicholas Carr raises an interesting question, Is Google Making Us Stupid? Carr says, “the Net is becoming a universal medium.” He also says it seems that people use search engines to avoid reading and researching in the traditional sense. The concept of reading printed text is gradually fading. Now I don’t completely agree that Google is making us dumb, but maybe I am a bit biased because I have grown up always using Google. I believe it opens up so many opportunities for knowledge. I have found very useful information on Google that I probably wouldn’t have found otherwise. I can search and find an answer for almost anything; whether it is for school or to find out how to remove a stain from my shirt. For example, today I typed into Google “weather in Qatar” and “is Google making us stupid” (how ironic). Even though I am a huge Google fan, I still believe it is important to read an actual printed article or book every now and then. It is also good to keep in mind that information I find through Google or any search engine might not be true, you need to be cautious of this when researching. With the proper and factual information you find through Google, you can save yourself a lot of time and energy!
So THANK YOU to Larry Page and Sergey Brin for creating Google and for helping people all over the world share and collect virtual material!