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Aug. 19th, 2009

05:33 pm - Googling "Google"

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What happens when you google "Google"?

A laaame joke gets made. I think "googling Google" may be the new "why do you park on a driveway but drive on a parkway" or "I removed the tag that says 'not to be removed under penalty of law'".

What does happen when you google "Google"? Google touts itself, giving you links to its homepage and its various services, followed by links to webpages that mention Google. It's no more dangerous-feedback-inducing than thinking about your brain or compiling a table of contents that starts "Table of contents --- p. 1". THINK, people!

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From:wbwolf
Date:August 20th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
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Having observed numerous novices with the computer, I've noticed that some people don't grasp the concept that one can type into the address bar. So, they wind up going into the either the search bar or from the default page (which is often a search engine).
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:August 20th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
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I didn't think Internet users could get any more novice-y than people like mycroftb's mom and wbwolf's acquaintances, until I came across this from somethingawful.com: a transcript of leaked AOL searches ("AOL" kinda spoils the dumb-factor, but ... ). This post, part 2, and part 3 are among the funniest things on the Internet. And this is just a three month sample that was mistakenly leaked to the public! What kind of stuff are people using AOL search for the rest of the time??
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From:orv
Date:August 20th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
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Well, why not? 'youtube' is fewer keystrokes than 'www.youtube.com'...
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From:orv
Date:August 20th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
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My bookmark menu has gotten so long that it's often quicker to Google something than to find it there.
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From:wbwolf
Date:August 20th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
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Correct URL.
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From:octan
Date:August 21st, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
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I looked at the message. The wording sounds like something that was added when they switched to using Bing.
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From:discopanda
Date:August 20th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
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Did that years ago, because I was bored. Used to be some interesting stuff hiding in their robots.txt file though.
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From:ipslore
Date:August 20th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
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I believe I've heard that in China, some companies are identifying themselves in their advertising with the terms you need to Google to find them, and not their URL address.
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From:orv
Date:August 20th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
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It makes sense, since support for non-ASCII characters in domain names is still not ready for prime time.
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From:cnoocy
Date:August 20th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
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Have you tried googling "recursion"? Or were you the one that pointed that out?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:August 20th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
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Um, no, wasn't me.

[tries googling "recursion"]

[laughs at the "did you mean" link!]
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From:orv
Date:August 20th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Another fun one is to go to Google Maps and ask for directions by car between two places that are on different continents -- say, Auburn, WA to Sydney NSW, Australia.
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