Trains

Oh Google, how I love you. I love you and your fabulous engine. Your engine that has nothing at all to do with trains. I hate trains.

When I was in primary school (and I’d like to think that that really wasn’t very long ago), they forced us to do, I’d say about a million research projects. From Tasmanian Devils to Italy, there were endless amounts of information we were told to look up. Naturally, everyone flocked to Google but we were also encouraged to use alternative search engines such as KidCyber and AskJeeves (Now, just ‘Ask‘). Who would’ve thought that websites like this wouldn’t even exist if not for predecessors like Yahoo! and Excite. These two, were in fact the first two search engines. Ever. Yahoo! sorted all websites by category, as many as its two creators could find. Excite didn’t, but if you looked at it now, you’d think differently.

Yahoo! and Excite were neck and neck in terms of users and then along came Google. No one was really interested in Search at all and from what I learned from this documentary, it didn’t even matter that they were in the most prime place for technological development, it took a while for the Google guys to get off the ground. Losing more and more money, Google, couldn’t decide if they should just have ads. Eventually they chose to use these ads to the advantage. Not only were they getting revenue from these companies, they also devised a plan to track people’s search results to provide them with more relative ads. Creepy but useful, but still very creepy.

And so began the journey of my beloved Google becoming the fantastical search engine and online giant that it is today.

Here’s how I see it, it was inevitable that someone, well some tech genius, would come up with a convenient way of browsing the internet. Google just did it best. And if you think about it, how did people even find websites before Google? Or any search engine for that matter. Did they rely on website that were advertised to them on the street? On TV? On the radio? In billboards and on bus shelters? Did they type in random web addresses hoping something would come up? Well maybe. But according to this, it really just depended on what was available to them, what they were capable of doing and whether they chose to do it. At least, that’s what I got from it.

-insert clever signoff- Christine

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