Wait, Let me Google it

February 10, 2008

 

Google has become part of our vernacular. For people who don’t use it there’s this website. I was watching a newscast last week where the reporter was talking about Google and Yahoo. She mentioned that you never hear someone say that they’re going to yahoo it when looking something up on the internet. One of the Johns in They Might Be Giants mentioned googling the name of a song writer that he couldn’t remember while on stage. It really is the search engine. Let’s face it the internet without a good search engine would be useless. 

 

With the power of search also comes responsibility. If your business can’t be found on Google it might as well be invisible. If it is found you just might be made. As Google updates their software though you might go from being found to being lost or vice versa. This would definitely make Google a scary entity. They giveth and taketh away. I know that in the past I’ve done a search each time I wanted to find a certain website. Now, with the creation of favorites and del.icio.us a consumer can save the websites to their computers so being found in each and every search isn’t as critical. Also, none of the companies are complaining during a time when they are found quickly. It’s like free advertising.

 

There are also other search engines out there even though Google really is the one that most people use. I guess that could make it seem like a monopoly but it just does search better than anyone else right now. Things change so fast though in the tech world that someone else could leave Google in the dust in the not so far future. I think what makes it special is that it opened another door and others are going to try and step through creating better products. Didn’t Yahoo open a new door before Google? 

 

Should we be scared of one company with so much power due to innovation? Heck no. We should thank them for leading the way and forcing other products to follow suit with their own new ideas.

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2 Responses to “Wait, Let me Google it”

  1. Customer Street Says:

    As a business which is built around easy use of the internet, Customer Street keep a very close eye on what Google are doing. We have to, as you say Google are the dominant force and are the default search engine for such a large number of people it really is impossible not to use them as the default for which our services are based.

    I think that there should always be room for some degree of caution with any business that so obviously seeks world domination, but on the other hand there is no denying they are number one for a very good reason.


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