deadsea - 11:28 am on Jul 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
for example... if i want to learn the birth date of abraham lincoln i can guess right now (without looking) that google will have wikipedia in the top 1 or 2 sites. so why bother searching on google? i already know what the answer is. i may as well just go straight to wikipedia.
I can get the result faster by searching on google. They probably have the result right in the SERPs and I don't even have to click through. Even if I do have to click through, its faster than going to wikipedia and trying to locate their search box on the page.
The only place that I find myself searching and not using Google these days is product search. Until google starts displaying merchant ratings in the SERPs, I'd buy from a site I already trust rather than testing my luck on widgetname.com