Learn to use Google

What is Google

Google is the best search engine around. It is very user friendly, easy to use and has tons of features. By using Google you can have all the knowledge in the world, available to you; in a snap.

The Problem

Although the facts above sound very nice, and everybody seems to be using Google, it is still (on 2007) considered natural for non technical people (my mom, your mom etc) to be hands tied and feel “blind” when using the Internet. It is not expected from them to be able to find the information they want, easily and accurately, although this is not hard at all.

When talking for technical people though (developers, designers, analysts, managers etc) it is completely unacceptable when one (or more) of the following behaviors are observed:

  1. Complete ignorance of the search engine (rare).
  2. Boredom to such degree where searching is not an option (common).
  3. Inability to find correct search keywords for the topic in question (common).
  4. Incompetence to use Firefox properly (Tabs, Search Bar, maximal use of keyboard) in a degree that makes searching slower than it should be, thus turning away the individual from searching as often as possible (common).
  5. “Can’t be bothered-I’ll ask my co-worker” syndrome (very common).
  6. “I give up, this is not possible – has not been done before” syndrome (rare).

The Facts

These behaviors are definite showstoppers. They make you a less productive and irritated person. No need to analyze that further.

The Solutions

  • Do you observe such behaviors on your employees? Time for a chat with them. Have someone show them how “the Google” works.
  • Do you observe such behaviors on you; on your daily work routine? You can do better – and please start today!

And why do you care?

I’ve been watching people, engaging into long discussions with other people about that tool… that css compressor tool that has been mentioned once in a meeting… which meeting? Yes, that meeting, oh yes… and what does it do? It strips whitespace and makes the css file less readable and blah blah blah…
- google: css compressor
1st result

I’ve been watching people, trying to explain what they want to achieve, and whether it is possible. They want an ajax thingy which will update part of the screen without refreshing the whole screen (irony?), which will be displaying chat messages from many people, possibly by polling the server every so ofter… blah blah blah
- google: ajax chat example poll server
1st result

I’ve seen people lifting themselves (literally) from their seat, walking down the aisle, to ask a colleague to give them (yes give them) the URL where from they can download NetBeans!
- google: download netbeans
1st result

Conclusion

Man… it’s not that hard. Make your lives easier, and let the people around you work! If you don’t know how to use Google, then google for a google tutorial :)

Happy googling…

2 Responses to “Learn to use Google”

  1. Akis Says:

    - google: how to use Google
    1st result
    :-)

  2. Tolis Says:

    I will use Google before asking dumb questions…