What Would Happen If There Was No Google?

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Can you believe it was 1996 when Larry Page and Sergey Brin started working on a search engine they initially called "Back Rub"? It was originally a college application working on servers at Stanford University. They decided they didn't like the name "Back Rub" and changed it to Google. Google is a play on the word "googol". I know, I never heard of it either, but, googol is a mathematical term. It is used for the number represented by the numeral 1 followed by 100 zeros.

Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun, wrote a check to get Google started, in a garage in Menlo Park. Does that sound familiar? Didn't Apple start in a garage too? If you don't have a garage, maybe you should get one!

PC Magazine named the new Google to its Top 100 Web Sites for 1998. They were on their way and growing. As they say, the rest is history. To most of us, and I'm sure to the younger generation, it is hard to imagine a world without Google!


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A world without Google?

I don't know about you but I use Google for just about everything. From research for writing articles to how to care for my plants. I check facts that I'm not sure about and look for information on different movie stars, actually, the list for me is almost endless. I Google a lot. Judging from Google's popularity, I know I'm not alone.

Sure there was a time when there was no Google, but there were Encyclopedias then. Remember them, encyclopedias? Volumes and volumes of thick books with useful information all in one place. They did, however, have their disadvantages because you had to wait for them to be reprinted and distributed before you could get the latest updates depending on their age, you could be reading not only out of date information but wrong information. You were always a little behind the times.

You could catch up on the news in the newspaper, but sometimes they were printed the day before and you weren't getting the latest report. Magazines, well most of them were monthly and a lot could happen in the month between their publication.

When I thought about this, I had nightmares. A world without Google means a world without Google Maps! Imagine all the stranded travelers, who won't ask for directions, and have lost their way? Really, an eighteenth of an inch on an Atlas map is certainly not the same as "drive 1.5 miles and turn right"!

What about all those Google Images? The ease of finding so many images all in one place. You can use Images to find content related to images and its not just images, its photos, artwork and other images from all over the Web. What a loss that would be! We can only hope someone else would step up to the plate!

Google Chrome has all but knocked Internet Explorer out of the ballpark. Easy to use, with everything in one place, Chrome has become very popular too. Not to even mention Google+.

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  • Google stock hit $911.45 a share on May 16, 2013 at ten in the morning.
  • Google has donated over $184 million in charitable gifts.
  • Google uses hundreds of criteria to search the Web.
  • Some of Google Apps include Calendar, Docs, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Chrome, Google Analytics.
  • Google allows 8 gigabytes of storage on Gmail.
  • Google is a 'green' company; using less energy, wind power, and goats to 'mow' the lawn at their headquarters.
  • There is a Facebook page called "What if there was no Google? I don't know, Google it".
  • Approximately 91% of Internet users use Google.
  • There are over ten web pages listed for the search of "What if there was no Google"?

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So, what would happen if there was no Google? Well, library card catalogs would find an increase in usage because people would have to go the library again to get information! Research would take a lot longer because you could no longer do it in your home. Depending on where you live, it could take you anywhere from ten minutes to an hour to get to the nearest library. Heaven forbid, people would have to actually make an effort to get answers.

Okay, so there may still be other search engines. We might have to go back to Yahoo or any other number of search engines, but you wouldn't be able to "Google it"! Would you "Bing It"?

Wait, what about all the people who work at Google? What about all the companies that advertise on Google? It could be a financial implosion for them and the economy would take another hit.

So many writers and advertisers design their web pages so that the Google search bots will find them, rank them, and help get traffic to them. Could another site do it as well as Google? Well, there are times we want to strangle Google for its unrecognizable changes that affect page rankings, but on a whole we depend on it. In spite of it all, Google does drive traffic to sites it ranks well and that's every writer and web designers goal, more traffic. Remember though Google is not your only traffic source and its never a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket.

Okay, if I haven't tweaked your interest yet, what about YouTube? Google owns YouTube. Imagine a world without the ubiquitous YouTube! No more laughing babies, nor more cute little animals, no more ridiculous people doing ridiculous things before your very eyes, no more cultural or theatrical videos, really. I don't know about you, but I'd miss YouTube, even it was just for the laughs and music.

Someone said, "there were smart people before Google and there will be smart people after Google". I like that on many levels. One being people like Thomas Edison and Eli Whitney didn't even have computers, never mind the Internet or Google, and look what they did. Another, because nothing is forever. Once every good home had a complete set of encyclopedias, how many have them now? Once everyone who owned a desktop owned an IBM desktop computer, how many own them now? One people walked around with little transistor radios to listen to music on the go, have some of you ever even heard of transistor radios? Once Yahoo was the search engine of choice, need I say more?

We are in a constantly changing world and even Google could change or go away. So the question "What would happen if there was no Google" is relatively simple to answer, life would go on, another search engine would take over and another company would become the number one go to place on the Internet. What do you think?

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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA

Hi Mary (tillsontitan) -

Good hub, this one. Enjoyed it and learned from reading it, too.

One nice thing that "Google" has provided me is my rejoinder to people who ask me a question I don't feel like answering - " Google it ! "

Gus :-)))


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well my dear, as you know, I have lived without the computer before, and I don't remember feeling deprived in life. LOL Having said that, I use the computer for everything nowadays and I probably would be lost without it, and that's hard for me to admit. :)

Have a great weekend, Mary!


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mperrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

I really believe that Google is THE up and coming company, what with the Google car and Google Glass in the future. My grandson, who is a major techie, wants to work for Google (not Apple) when he graduates from college, so Google is the new cool company for the next generation. I know that if they go away, another company will be right behind them, however. Good hub - voted up, interesting, and sharing.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Mary, had there been no google, I could have never published many of my hubs. This is very interesting hub.

I did not know about the history and other facts.

Thanks for this informative and useful hub.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I enjoyed this hub. Funny how we can live just fine without some things but then can imagine life without them once they are here. Still, we would adjust if Google were to disappear. Great hub. Very interesting.


buddhaanalysis 3 years ago

If there were no google then may be there were no android,ajax....


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I can't imagine you not answering a question Gus! Thanks for stopping by.

We do grow to depend on certain things, don't we Bill? Hope you have a great weekend!

You're so right mperrottet, all the young techies want to work for Google, it's a good company that's good to its employees. Hope your grandson gets that job! Thanks for the votes and share.

Vinaya, I think many of us would be in the same boat with you if there were no Google. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Victoria, thanks for reading and leaving such a nice comment.

buddhaanalysis you are right.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America

I like that Google starts and backs a lot of worthwhile projects like 1) a project to being back lost native langauges around the world and 2) the LunarX prize that resulted in a number of moon landers ready for use right now. And there's the asteroid mining they have begun.

Before Google Search and the Internet altogether, the university here used CD-Rom research discs that were updated monthly or weekly through the snailmail - that's just not fast enough updating!


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Mary, I have mixed feelings about Google. Yes, I truly believe that it has helped us tremendously in terms of conducting research and its ownership of YouTube. What I don't like about it is that it has been permitted to have too much power in controlling internet traffic. It's virtually a monopoly in that regard, and that's NOT a good thing. That said, I think you did a wonderful job creating this Hub and keeping the topic interesting. Thanks, Mary, and have a great weekend! Joe


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Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

This is great. I LOVE Google. I use it all the time. Whenever anyone asks me a question about something and I don't know the answer, I always tell them to "Google it" or I do it myself. Never knew how it started though. Thanks for enlightening me! Voted up.


Vickiw 3 years ago

I don't think any of us who write would even like to to it without google now. It has formed a whole new world, one that we participate in every day when we go on line. I could definitely manage without it, but I wouldn't like to do so. I think it would be an enormous challenge for young people who have grown up with it. Great topic tillsontitan .


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ChitrangadaSharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Very interesting hub and I enjoyed reading it. In today's times, of course we can not think of a life without Google. But I remember those times, when we did not have even computers. Today Life without Computer and Internet is unimaginable.

Thanks for sharing this interesting hub!


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wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

Interesting about Google. Maybe I should do my hubs in my garage since I don't even use it for the car - LOL.

I just can't get into google chrome. I just use google.

Guess we are just spoiled now. Like anything, it has its ups and downs and since I'm not real computer smart, I just go with the flow.

Great, interesting hub.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I have read that Bing will overtake Google, but I've never used it. I use Google all the time~

Good info here , thanks.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Thanks for the history of Google here, very interesting. I need to go out to my garage more . . . LOL!

Yes, we are all spoiled with knowledge of the whole world right there at our fingertips! But you are right, if there were no Google, another would take its place and life would go on no doubt.

Excellent write. Voted up +++ and sharing

Blessings, Faith Reaper


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OMGirdle 3 years ago from United States

What an enjoyable Hub! I remember the days of no Google; in fact, no computer. They weren't that bad. It didn't bother us because we didn't know what we were missing. It also gave us a better respect for knowledge/education.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Patty...it is always good to know that a big company does good things...information at our fingertips is what we've come to expect.

Thank you for liking my hub Joe, and I sort of agree with what you say except Bing is trying to close in on Google and there are still other search engines around. Aloha my friend, enjoy your weekend too.

Yep Karen we've all come to rely on Google. Thanks for reading and voting.

Thanks Vicki, I'm sure different generations would look at it differently.

ChitrangadaSharan, how true we once knew life without computers but now it doesn't seem possible.

There is certainly nothing wrong with going with the flow WND! Now as for the garage, that is a whole different story :)

I know Bing is trying Mary but I don't know what the statistics are. Thanks for reading.

Thank you Faith for your insightful comment...God bless.

OMGirdle, we can always survive with what we have, until something better comes along and we get spoiled!


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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

Hahahaha that's very true. We don't know what we were missing. What we had then in the olden days was enough to satisfy us. But thanks to the Internet and Google, they've become an integral part of our lives today. Even searching for the best pizza place in town, we want to check it out on Google first. :)


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

I like this kind of 'what if...' questions. Trying to think how things were back in the day when google, internet or even computers weren't part of our everyday life is getting really hard to do. Nice, informative hub!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Mass Hysteria.....pure panic....I can see it all now. Running and screaming in the streets.....To have no Google??!! What a horrid thought, gf. LOL.

Truthfully, I can imagine this somewhat more of a tragedy, to the younger generation, who have never been without. However, even we boomers, once spoiled, always spoiled. I can't tell you how many times, while away from home, I have been incredulous that ..at-one-time-not-so-long-ago...I didn't have a cell phone??!! Impossible. and I'm sure you know what I mean.

Google is a thing of Wonder.....maybe another one of those "8th Wonders of the World." I'd rather not think about needing to go back to the good old days, in this case!....UP++++ ! Great HUB!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Iguidenetwork, so true, we look up restaurants, recipes, just about everything.

Thanks Mike, glad you enjoyed...what if always gives us pause.

Yup Effer, it is scary to think of what life would be like without all our gadgets...they've become more than a part of our lives...I wonder if babies will be born with cell phones in their hand in the future? Thanks for the votes GF.... Always good to see you!


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Mary. It's amazing how technology has changed the way we live. Pretty unbelievable how much we rely on Google. I'm sure we'd survive and adapt if there were no Google but it's definitely one of those things that we have come to rely on.

Thanks for a very interesting read, I really enjoyed this. Voted up, shared, etc... Have an enjoyable Sunday.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Bill...yes, the human animal is very adaptable though loves to take the easy way out. I appreciate the votes and share...though Sunday's almost over, hope you enjoy the rest.


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DrMark1961 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

I saw your title the other day and thought of that comment "If there was no ...., someone would have to invent one." Well,at least we would have to go back to buying encyclopedias! (My ISP is too slow to take advantage of Google Earth and some of that other great stuff.)


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bac2basics 3 years ago from Spain

Hi Mary.

A very thought provoking hub.

I must admit and agree with you that it took me a long time to learn to Google, whereas my daughter had been doing it for years, but it just never occurred to me. I use it a lot now I write for HP .

Hope you are well Mary and enjoying some sunshine and your garden :)


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Fantastic job, Mary, you made this sing just like the world of finances. Sadly, everything is based on money, now, BUT you struck an ever present chord, and this my friend, will make you MONEY.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Dr. Mark, sorry to hear you have a slow ISP. Lucky for us though it doesn't keep you from writing and posting great hubs!

B2B, tht is what happens, so many things are second nature to the "youngsters". I am well and hope you are enjoying the weather where you are! Just starting to garden here.

Avainvoice, would that it were true....making money that is ;) It is sad that money seems to be number one with so many.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Definitely food for thought. Even though it's been less than 20 years since Google came into being, it's hard to remember a time it didn't exist. I depend on it a great deal too, just like you, for everything under the sun.

Excellent reading as always with a subject worth pondering. Voting you up and interesting!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting article. I'd certainly miss Google search and of course the traffic that it sends to my hubs.

Voted up.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I know AuFait its hard to believe something so new has wormed its way into our lives! Thanks so much for the votes.

Yes Rajan, certainly a benefit for us hubbers. Thanks for the vote.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Well, lol, I could imagine a world without Michael Bolton, lol, but certainly not a world without Mary or Google because I just googled you Mary and it just said - "one of the best apprentices the Hub ever had."

I use Google search for everything and I am always asking it questions in the most literal form. It's our online library although there are other search engines too but Google seems to be the one for me.

Sending as always my warmest wishes from the birthday boy as of Sunday , now at 55, and it's currently lake erie time canada 10:22am


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you (that's me singing in my Marilyn Monroe voice)....hope you had a good day. Thank you for the lovely comment Epi! What would I do without you?


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

I also think that Google is the yup and coming company--but I can't afford to buy their stock--sad face


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Oh, I think we'd be in slightly deeper isolation!! I think for folks like us who write online, it'd be really hard. Thanks for sharing!!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Maybe we could take up a collection and get some Google stock Audrey!

You are welcome Michelle.

Ossmedia, Yahoo has really taken a hit. It seems with new TV ads, Bing is trying to come back. Maybe we can Google it ;)


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Competition is not a bad thing ossmedia, maybe it'll make Google even better ;)


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Well, Mary...I admit I really miss my Britanica encyclopedia set. I still love a book...

Now, I am gaga over google...always love to see their creativity in the actual " google"... My awareness had been raised with Docmo's amazing hub...now because of you, I am much better informed.

Voted UP and across the board. Love, Maria


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Wow Maria, thank you. Putting me in the same company as Docmo is certainly an honor! Thanks for the votes and love right back to you!


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dwachira 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi tillsontitan,

I recently read an overview of how Larry Page and Sergey Brin co-founded Google, its development and new trends. What fascinated me most is Google's process of recruiting new employees, simply, otherworldly. I think Google has perfected the art and loops of search engines to an extent that we can't imagine life without Google. Great article, voted up and shared.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I think that's how Google stays on top dwachira. Thanks so much for reading, voting and sharing!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Without Google or any other search engine (Bing, Dogpile, etc.) searching for information would take much longer - like having to get in the car and actually drive to a library to find resources. Note to those who are not as old as me - a library is a building containing books - lots and lots of books. ;) Thanks for the fun deja vu, Mary.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

And thanks for the greast comment drbj...it made me smile!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Lol @ "If you don't have a garage, maybe you should get one!"

Google certainly developed into a giant - actually a god - in CyberSpace. But still much space for development regarding FAIR and JUST opportunities for online writers.

Of course, having the monopoly is never a good thing. Competitive search engines should pull up their socks.

Interesting article! Thank you, tillsontitan :)


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I know Martie, a monopoly is never a good thing and we at HP know about Google ;)


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

I don't think there would be only Card Catalogs like you said in the article if there were no Google. MSN has been around a lot longer than Google and so has Yahoo. Before MSN closed down their Groups, which were the big thing and I miss them dearly, that was mostly what you searched on. Then came Yahoo, Infoseek, and a few others, that are still around, just not in the numbers they were before Google.

I also agree with Martie's statement above. What goes up must come down---just like MSN (now Bing).


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Lady Guinevere. Obviously we will all speculate until it happens ;)


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Googol? I had no idea what that was until Faith taught me about googol just the other day! Yes, Faith is 6 yrs old :)

I would be lost without my buddy Google! I'm so glad it exists and it's not called Back Rub!

Long Live Google!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Maybe Google is a techie aphrodisiac Linda ;) Isn't it great having grandchildren to keep us in the loop?


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designhousemiami 3 years ago from Miami- Coral Gables, Florida

Google is certainly the leader right now but I have a gut feeling about Yahoo as a result of certain actions they are doing right now. Thanks for sharing the valuable information!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

designhousemiami , I used to use Yahoo all the time but somehow wound up with Google like the other gaggle of geese ;)


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designhousemiami 3 years ago from Miami- Coral Gables, Florida

I use Google too, but I think we might just be surprised by Yahoo once more. They're not giving up great new innovations are taking place. Its exciting ! Thanks for your feedback.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Wow, very interesting hub. Without Google kids used to play ( gasp) outside. Go to a friends house. Of course there are good things about Google. Getting information, hubbing on hubpages etc...


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I totally appreciate your sense of humor and honesty Michele. Thanks so much for the great comment...I'm going outside now to see if there are any kids playing ;)


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA

An interesting read that got my votes up for interesting. I tried a test Bing prepared to see if I chose Bing over Google and all three times I did it, Google came up a winner. I am a loyal Googler and can't find any other search engine that yields results I like.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I have never used Bing Alexadry but was a faithful Yahoo user till I started using Google. Thanks for the votes.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I guess I could do without Google but I would sure miss it. I love the fact that we can look up anything at anytime without leaving the house. Interesting hub voted up and shared.


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

Google is my main search engine, and I switched to Google Chrome's browser after Microsoft Explorer nearly imploded my hard drive. In short, I use Google a lot! It's just so easy to get information by typing a few keywords into the Google search box. We're all spoiled, aren't we?

Before the launch of Google, I used a multi-search-engine named "Dogpile." (For real.) Before there was a known search engine to use, I memorized the direct line phone number of the reference librarian at my city's main library and called frequently.

Google...don't ever leave us!

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Jaye


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

That's the thing Moonlake...we've gotten used to having things at our fingertips and Google seems to be the way right now. Thanks for the vote and share.

Jaye, you are right, we adapt to what we have and we've all come to rely on good old Google. Thanks for the vote.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Mary,

This is a very interesting hub and I really enjoyed reading it. I have really been late in getting on the Google bandwagon. Yahoo is still my homepage and I do almost half of my searching on Yahoo and Bing. Google maps are good, so I guess I would miss that the most if there was no Google. I know that most of the students would miss Google and not having an easy way of copying and pasting plagiaristic way of doing reports and term pages. I don't have gmail and I am doing just fine with Hotmail and Ymail. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I have to admit Paul I jumped to Google years ago. I still have AOL however. I know most kids like Goggle too. Thanks for stopping by and for the vote and all the shares. So much appreciated.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I think many of us run into the same problem condominium, even where we live there are places we are unfamiliar with.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

I grew up without google. I read a lot of books. I researched in libraries. My children on the other hand would be at a total loss. Their school has them do their work on computers now. As much as I try to teach them to pick up a book and research from it, they know it's too easy to look it up online.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

I know Crafty this generation, and probably generations to come, are more and more dependent on the computer. I still like to hold a book in my hand (shows my age).


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cfin 3 years ago from The World we live in

There would be Bing


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erinshelby 3 years ago from United States

Loved seeing Michael Bolton! It gave me quite a laugh!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

True cfin.

Happy to make you laugh erinshelby.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

We certainly hope so Kaltar!


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tsmog 2 years ago from Escondido, CA

Thank you for sharing knowledge perking an eyebrow and growing a smile. Hope is offered with Google's beginning. Change is presented indicating things evolve to something else with our creative and thinking process. No Google would seem unbearable as a thought. With familiarity I feel no Google means no other similar services too. They go hand in hand it seems and cannot be separated. Can I survive without it? That is a mystery it seems and this article helps one with understanding. Well done!

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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

Sorry I am so late in responding tsmog but I have been away from HP for a while. I am hoping to get back with this as my first step.

It was a pleasure to read your comment and I am so glad you could appreciate my take on the subject.

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