diberry - 4:39 pm on Oct 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
The real value of Google was finding sites you didn't know about
Yes! And we keep getting told that this is just a geek thing, so I just informally polled three friends and what they said tracks with what I've heard from everyone else I've informally polled over the years:
--Yes, they usually start with a search engine or their browser bar (which leads to an engine), unless they know of a more specialized directory site. I.E., Yelp for finding restaurants and local services, Pinterest for crafts, fashion, etc.
--One of them strongly prefers Google to Bing, the other two use whatever comes up from the browser's URL bar and don't see much difference.
--Once they see the engine's results, they ignore the adsunless one really jumps out as awesome.
--If the top results are Amazon or some other site they already knew about, they skip over those results. (Exception: Wikipedia, which they regard as a good source on most any topic it has info on.) All three said they skip known sites. One said he couldn't imagine anyone doing otherwise because search is to find stuff you don't already know about.
By no means am I suggesting a few random people I know constitute an ideal polling sample. It might be worth our while to try to conduct some formalized polling, somehow. But there ya go, worth what you paid for it.