Follow

You know that a monopoly has been attained when people refer to a generic practice with a specific name.

For example asking how gmail works instead of how email works; search in Google instead of search the web; asking for WhatsApp number instead of phone number, etc.,

It is also when we realize the dangers of it and sense the need to fight back the monopolies.

@prashere Let's discuss this at your place, I'll take a Uber to get to you.

@prashere I always struggle to refer to a web search in some other way than google without the awkward looks.

@bluetechgirl @prashere for a non-awkward phrase, I use something like "let me do a web search for that." For a slightly in-your-face phrase, I've seen "let me duck that."

@GenTollis @prashere I use the former and still get weird looks from people who I assume think I have never heard of google.

@prashere
Unfortunately the alternatives to those common expressions are pretty poor in many languages, which makes it harder to get rid of them.

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Mastodon

Server run by the main developers of the project 🐘 It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!