What on earth did we do before Google?

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  1. janshares profile image96
    jansharesposted 5 years ago

    What on earth did we do before Google?

    Did we just go straight to the site for information? Before there were search engines, I think we used libraries and encyclopedias. If you're under 30, you can bypass this question.

  2. NateB11 profile image90
    NateB11posted 5 years ago

    I get your point, I'm 43 and definitely remember using an actual card catalog at the library; different times. However, your question did make me wonder what was done on the Internet prior to Google. I wasn't heavily into the Internet until about 2007. But as far back as the late 90s, I did have an email; and I don't really recall using a search engine; I don't remember exactly what I did, think I just went straight to my email. I really don't even remember if I used Google back then.

    1. janshares profile image96
      jansharesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Funny, I can't recall when anything started either. Seems I heard recently that Google is 20 years old. Thanks for answering NateB11.

  3. johnsonrallen profile image91
    johnsonrallenposted 5 years ago

    You can take this question much further as well. Do you remember using a phone book and the Yellow Pages? Using a paper map to get around? Phones with cords? VCR's? Huge satellite dishes in the backyard to pick up the "good" stations? Those were the days.

    1. janshares profile image96
      jansharesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ha, ha, ha, lol, lol, yup, I do! Thanks for answering.

  4. LindaSmith1 profile image61
    LindaSmith1posted 5 years ago

    We went to the libraries at school, the public library and used encyclopedias.

    1. janshares profile image96
      jansharesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      We sure did, LindaSmith1. Thanks for answering.

  5. Solaras profile image97
    Solarasposted 5 years ago

    Back in the "day" we spent $24,000 on Yellowpages ads and the pay off was worth the ad money spent.. The Atlanta phone book then was 3 inches thick and two volumes at 3 inches each .Now the Yellowpages here is 1 inch thick; times have changed...

    1. janshares profile image96
      jansharesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      We could not live without that book. Thanks for answering.

  6. Rosana Modugno profile image81
    Rosana Modugnoposted 5 years ago

    Thank you for your question and for making feel really old.  LOL  I have always been a library patron, so I was looking through card catalogs and the good ol' yellow pages.

    1. janshares profile image96
      jansharesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      LOL, I know Rosana, makes me realize how old I am now. Thanks for answering.

  7. IDONO profile image79
    IDONOposted 5 years ago

    How many people know what the Dewey Decimal System is? Can a strong man tear a P.C. in half? Where do your fingers do their walking? Do kids still look for naked pictures in National Geographic? When you Google, does anyone shoosh you? Should Google close on holidays? We could have a lot of fun with this. Thanks for lighten things up a bit. It's refreshing.

    1. janshares profile image96
      jansharesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You're welcome. I love the wit in these pertinent questions. You should write a hub about this. Thanks for answering, IDONO.

    2. IDONO profile image79
      IDONOposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I may take up your suggestion. Would you be offended by me playing off of your question? I would certainly credit you with the idea.

  8. loveofnight profile image79
    loveofnightposted 5 years ago

    You are right, that is what we used and I loved reading and going to the library. But what's even stranger  is that every time someone asks me a question now I tell them to Google it.

    1. janshares profile image96
      jansharesposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Ha ha, so so true, thanks for your answer.

 
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