---- Casualty of Penguin - Diversity (vs a privileged club of few)
lucy24 - 12:42 am on Oct 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
The real value of Google was finding sites you didn't know about
That's not the real value of Google: it's the real value of a search engine. They're not the same thing any longer. Sure, g### is the world's leading search engine-- but it's also the Internet access point for the staggering number of people who refuse to learn what an address bar is.
On one side are people looking for something they don't already know about. On the other side are people who know exactly where they want to go, but need the search engine to take them there.
<tangent> "Something they don't already know about" may also mean a site where you spent a long time the week before last, but neglected to bookmark it. Ever tried using a search engine to find a specific place that you already know exists? The words and phrases that you remember may have nothing to do with how the page comes up in searches. Safari-- and maybe other browsers I don't know about-- now does the search engine's job by running a full-text search of your cache. Looking for the page that went on and on about furry widgets? It was www.example.net/sprockets/skinless.html. Well, duh.
That's assuming for the sake of discussion that the user knows where to find the browser's History page. </tangent>