....Really? ... We have to have this discussion?
Back when I first started using the internet, you had Yahoo, Metacrawler, and Google MAY have -just- been in its infancy.
Anyway - what made Google popular were two things. First - Google's design and process of organizing the returned query by terms of relevance.
Second - the website is easy to remember for all ages, and rather simple to type in (even for hunt-and-peckers).
Now, I was taught to search the internet the real way by my father - back when you got bombarded by innumerable links of irrelevance. For this, you
use boolean operators, and syntax operators.
? is any single character.
* is any string of contiguous characters (IE - ACYUEAKD85)
AND (+) indicates two strings that must be present to validate a return.
OR indicates either string validates a return.
" " specifies a string.
NOT (-) indicates a string to exclude (pages containing this string will not be returned)
( ) establishes operation sequence
Usually, when you search, you'll type in two words. The system searches for "[word 1]" AND "[word 2]." This means that the two words can be
present anywhere in the page to have it returned in the query. For example, if you wanted to search for a Search Engine - you could simply type that
in. More than likely, the first returns would be a wikipedia article about search engines or what not. However, if you scroll down the page, you'll
eventually start seeing results taken from forums with people asking things like: "Can anyone help me search
for a new engine
for my RC
In that particular example (the only thing I could think up at the time), you likely got what you wanted. However, there can be times when you want
to search for something in a specific order. Let's say you want to look up an old friend of yours. Typing John Smith into the search box is going
to bring up lists that have "John" and "Smith" somewhere within them. "John Sanches" "Lucy Smith" - for example. Neither of whom are your
That's where the " " operation comes in handy. Typing "John Smith" (using the quotation marks) is going to be much more likely to return a
listing with your friend. But, let's say you're getting a lot of John Smiths in Australia - and you're fairly certain your friend is still living
somewhere in the U.S. Adding: Not Australia to your search will remove all mention of people in Australia from your search results. The " "
operator is also very useful for searching song lyrics or for material you suspect is plagiarized.
Generally - Google will try to match listings and subject matter near your locale (which is often established through a simple traceroute network
function that identifies your ISP and the various server nodes you hail from). It's google's way of making the internet more user friendly and
provide you with the information you want on the first page of results, rather than buried twenty pages down amongst sites from Japan and other
character sets of indecipherable scribbles.
That's why knowing how to use a search engine is very important in today's world. Simply using a " " operator can reduce the number of results
from tens of thousands to less than twenty. The amount of data estimated to be generated on the internet every minute is measured in gigabytes.
There's no way you are going to be able to pour through millions upon millions of websites looking for the information you need. You can almost
instantly filter out millions of sites that have nothing to do with what you are looking for so that you spend less time searching blindly.
Usually, people spend most of their time trying to filter the internet so they can get to what they are looking for. It's not that google blocks
things based on where you are - it is merely that it tries to give people what it determines (mathematically) they are likely to find relevant - and
give you those results first.