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Life before Google:

You’d think of something, ask your friends, and they would be like “Gosh, I don’t know” and then you’d be like “Oh, well, guess that’s a thing I’ll never know” and then everyone just proceeds with their fucking day.

@fribbledom with Google nowadays, you will know what you want to know but not what you don't, and proceed with your regular day.

@fribbledom Or you owned a dictionary, encyclopedia, library card.

@fribbledom except for music questions. There was always a music snob know-it-all who could answer any trivia about a band/genre/era of music.

@fribbledom Now you ask a friend and they yell at you to use Google half the time.

@fribbledom Not me. I'd go to the library just to find out. Because I'm that much of a nerd. BUT.... you are right. The internet has changed everything. I'm the person who though reading "World Book" and the Dictionary from cover to cover was a fun pastime. Serious nerd.

@fribbledom "Hey, do you know what marshmallows are made of?"
"Nope"

*4 hours of googling latter*

"Look, I'm not the saying I wanted the Nazis to win, but you can see pretty easily where they made some tactical mistakes"

@fribbledom If only there were buildings literally filled with books, and information specialists there who could help you find the book you needed! We could call the libro-aeries, like a roosting place for books.

@fribbledom Now that we know / can know almost anything - With so much content, are we content ???? 🤔

@fribbledom
Or it would lead to a stimulating conversation like: "I don't know X, but I know Y, and they might be similar." "I'm not sure, if X worked like Y you would see..." Testing your deductive reasoning and coming up with interesting ideas to be explored further.

Rather than: "..so that's what Wikipedia says. Oh and the inventor died on my brother's birthday."

@fribbledom Life with Google 2019-2020

Copy/paste apache error line from log.
Results:
- Linux USB power delivery fix
- Repair OS X boot loader
- Amazon listing for socks
- Image search result previews, all cats
10x Fix Windows safe-mode classpnp.sys (all 10 being different no less)
- Why your fish die in an aquarium
- Removed due to DMCA request, with 'show anyway' link

@fribbledom That’s conflation of Google, Internet, and search of the first order. What about Altavista and whatever else was there before? :)

@steveroy

FTFY:

"Life before {Google,Excite,Yahoo,Lycos,Altavista,HotBox,AskJeeves,InfoSeek,$INTERNET}"

@fribbledom @steveroy Shame, ironically you forgot the bestest search engine ever:
Veronica, the very easy rodent oriented net-wide index to computer archives!

@dissy614 @fribbledom @steveroy

Actually, I think Cuil is superior to all of these listed there.

@fribbledom
Today you think of something, ask your friends, and later you and you friends all receive ads about that thing because of google

@fribbledom i remember my parents saying i wanted a computer to play video games when i was 12 but i think i spent most of my time googling stuff god bless the internet

@fribbledom most people still don’t ever look up things they don’t know, which is why everything is broken.

@fribbledom@mastodon.sociaI'm still trying to figure out if this has improved or diminished dinner conversation.

@fribbledom realistically, no one ever admits to "gosh! i don't know" no one is that honest about their lack of knowledge, experience, etc. when google is down (or as I prefer, the internet is down), friends would bluff the shit out of any topic you have the slightest doubt in.

Friends: bs, bs, bs, bs...In summary, my bs is the right bs because i'm the self claimed expert on this.

You: Oh it must be right. I don't have any ad company to cross check your answers...

@fribbledom or you went to the public library and looked in books.

@fribbledom It also ruined any chance of a drunken bar bet that would be solved many days later.

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