Unfortunately for Yahoo, Bing, Ask and many other lesser known websites, Google is the most dominant search engine available. The brand name originates from the word ‘googol’ which is the word for the number one followed by one hundred zeros. As the story goes, this named originated from the fact that one of the creators wasn’t very good at spelling. Funnily enough, this also managed to create some copyright issues. But that’s beside the point.
Anyway, so the popularity of Google has caused it to become one of those brands that become a verb, where rather than telling someone to search something on the internet, you just tell them to “Google it.” It’s just like how I don’t even know the real name of Band-aids… Just this brand…
Well, it just goes to show that Google has a lot to offer in terms of its search results. You can also tell that it’s obviously a reliable website if people keep coming back to it. In fact, despite its huge popularity, this isn’t all that Google has to offer. Along with Google encompassing other social media like Blogger and YouTube, it also has many functions such as being able to search images, videos and translations!
As you can tell, I happen to love Google and it’s all-knowing ways. I also am very impressed with my recent discovery of Google alerts. All you have to do is put in a search query, any key word you like about anything that interests you and you can choose to have Google e-mail you as often as you like about anything that appears on the internet about whatever query you’ve put in!
Since I have been exploring all these different forms of social networking, I have developed an interest in social media. So naturally, that was my first search query, among others that would arrive shortly after of course. Upon looking through the first e-mail I received from Google alerts, I learned about the hilarious irony that has arisen since the realisation that Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of the notorious social networking site, Facebook, actually has more family members working at Google than at his own company.
Needless to say, not all of the alerts that show up in your inbox will be this scandalous. They can also be informative. Just like how I learned about the drastic fall in share prices of social media such as Facebook, Groupon, and Zynga. That is a lot of money.
The fact that these stories can be so different but still be related really exemplifies how varied the results of Google Alerts can be. It’s almost like you don’t need to go looking for news anymore. You can just input one thing, one time and Google finds it for you everyday. It’s doing all the work for you. Sorry Bing, you wil never replace Google in my heart.
-insert clever signoff- Christine