I was watching the local news tonight and they were talking about a fellow that was brought up on charges for making sexist remarks (we won't go on about that, against TOS [webmasterworld.com] and Charter [webmasterworld.com]) and the news anchor said you could go to google and search for sexist jokes and come up with a whole list of sites.
That was a very strange remark and only made me shake my head. It really might be becoming a household word.
Though the news was on in the background and I wasn't really watching. I was at my neighbours setting up their adsl and various other things. She brought it to my attention, possibly, because i had just answered the "what is a search engine" question. Also "what is a browser", "where do you get music", "why are those lights flashing" among others.
The other night my husband was helping our son research a school project on the Internet. He said they couldn't find any more web sites on the topic. I asked if he tried some of the other search engines - and neither he nor my son could think of any besides Google. It's all they use these days.
Last year I volunteered to help teach computer classes at my kids' school in the computer center. I noticed that the *only* search engine covered in the Internet research part of the classes was Google.
Last week I was at a party and I was talking with someone who has been on the web running an online business since the mid-nineties. And he's been on the Internet from way back before the web came along.
He said he never uses Google - he doesn't worry about search engine marketing, obviously! He stuck with Alta Vista for all those years and considers Google a "college experiment".