Friday, December 26, 2008

Google It! How To Find What You Want...


I'm stunned, day in and day out, by some of the questions people ask me. It's not that they're asking me the questions (because I'm more than happy to be helpful), it's that they're not finding the answers out for themselves. It would be a lot quicker if they did. As you know, I teach GMAT classes. And people will ask me things like "is 0 an integer?". Totally fair question. One that I would have asked. But they'll wait the entire week between classes to ask. Or people will ask me things like "how do you get from point A to point B?". Shit, I don't know. But Google Maps knows. Or what's this program that keeps running on my machine called xxxx?". Yea I am a software engineer. But I don't know every program that's ever been written. Google does. Or "what's the weather like in Thailand in November?". While that last question is understandable because I used to live there, it's just another case in point. I don't remember. And with weather changing so much, just look it up.

Why don't people use Google for this stuff? I mean, most of the questions people ask me, I just turn around and Google anyway. I wonder why that's not just an absurdly obvious solution? You can ask Google things... you can type in whatever the hell you want, and something will come back. You can ask where to find the cheapest gas in San Francisco. In fact, I can't recall ever typing anything in, that was in English, that didn't have tons of pages returned. One of those pages is bound to have your answer. And likely it will be near the top.

Don't be afraid to search. Look at that cat up there. He kicked a dog's ass, just by knowing how to use Google!

3 comments:

Kenny Carruthers said...

I like to direct people to this site:

http://letmegooglethatforyou.com

Lefty said...

@Kenny - hilarious. Great site. That's now what I'm going to direct people to.

John Niemann said...

Perhaps the thing is we lack live communication so much now? I mean yes you can google pretty much everything, but should you stop asking your friend how is he doing simply because you can google it and check out his status on facebook?
I make essay writing service reviews and students often ask me about this or that company even though I make a pretty detailed investigation and spend over 2000 characters to describe it. They just want to talk I believe.