[dropcap]How[/dropcap] did we live our lives before Google? How did we cope with the vast ignorance and the alternative facts that cunny people gave out without any chance of verifying them? Honestly, I would really like to recollect and I am sure you are also wondering “how did we make it through?”
Two situations in life have made me love Google. I was in Houston in January 2014 and had to buy a temporary insurance for my 2006 Kia Sorento. I walked into an Insurance firm and met this lady named Crystal. The discussion was jolly; very nice lady. She told me about the period she spent in the Netherlands and some other parts of Europe. I thought she was really nice. Then, she had to assist me with the location of the nearest court-house. She cracked her brain for a moment to remember where she knew the courthouse was but she couldn’t. She reached for her computer, made a quick search, looked up and asked inquisitively “what were our lives like before Google?” I remember the exciting or probably grateful glare in her eyes as she said those words.
As someone who terms himself a “Thinker”, my heart wandered to where I was in 1998 before the advent of Google. How could life be this easy just because some people invented an intangible thing? It’s unbelievable, believe me (in Donald Trump’s gesture).
[dropcap]Have[/dropcap] you watched the movie “The Internship”? It’s a movie about two tech-misfit guys interning at Google and making it through the whole process. There was a scene where Owen Wilson when to the resting lounge to speak with Mary Rose Byrne. At some point during the conversation, Mary got irritated and said “do you know that what we do here at Google actually make human lives better?” Whoa, she said it again and I totally agreed with her. At least, I can speak for myself. At the risk of contemporary generalization, I will say Google is one of the most useful and impactful companies in the world. Note: this article is not an ad for Google, it’s just me saying the obvious, you should give it a thought too.
How can a website be so intertwined with our lives that we visit it like 100 times a day; okay, probably I am exaggerating but at least personally I visit about 20 times a day. The amount of knowledge I gather from Google is immeasurable. I even have this habit of fact checking everything people say that is not currently in my database (my head). Sometime early this year, I was with a group of friends and a gentleman gave out a fact about the European Union that was not correct (at least, it was obvious to me that something did not add up). So I contested the fact and told everyone that if they were not sure of whatsoever they are giving out, it would be nice to refrain; alternative facts are lies, period. Immediately, we googled it, the gentleman was wrong. No more arguments.
To google, I say thank you. To everyone, a question: what was your life like before google? Share your thoughts please.