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(62,444 posts)
Wed Mar 27, 2019, 12:04 PM Mar 2019

Do you want to understand something important about people?


Top Google searches (as of February 2019)

The FIFTH-HIGHEST ranked search term on Google is.... "google".

Just let that sink in the next time you think you want to do something like organize a "general strike" over whether the Attorney General will release the findings of the Office of Special Counsel.

The FIFTH-HIGHEST ranked search term on Google is.... "google".

Can you imagine how many people have to be looking for Google - ON GOOGLE - for that to happen 85 million times in a month?

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(42,641 posts)
2. From the UK
Wed Mar 27, 2019, 12:08 PM
Mar 2019

What were Google’s most frequent U.K. searches after Brexit?

The second-most popular question for the search engine giant: ‘What is the EU?’


Ignorance might be the default condition for many voters.


(29,630 posts)
3. Am I the only absent minded person who types the address I just entered
Wed Mar 27, 2019, 12:08 PM
Mar 2019

into the search line? If so, please find me a comfortable nursing home.


(25,673 posts)
5. There's a slightly more reasonable explanation for it, actually.
Wed Mar 27, 2019, 12:18 PM
Mar 2019

On some browsers, if a person has their address bar set up to search automatically using Google, then typing "Google" in the address bar will do a Google search for "Google". Some browsers will redirect "Google" in the address bar to the web address of Google, but not all of them. Some will also auto-complete the rest of the web address as you're typing, of course.

In those cases, which I would guess are the vast majority, the people doing the searches aren't actually going to Google and then searching for "Google". They're entering Google in their address bar to access Google.com and it's doing a search for Google on Google instead of redirecting it to Google's web address. It's either because of the settings or because it's not auto-completing the rest of the address.


(25,673 posts)
10. 85 million per month sounds like a lot...
Wed Mar 27, 2019, 12:30 PM
Mar 2019

until one learns that Google searches are done 3.5 billion times per *day*.


(33,419 posts)
6. What's hard for me to believe is that these people don't use bookmarks
Wed Mar 27, 2019, 12:22 PM
Mar 2019

Bookmarks are so easy and expedient. Sheesh!


(22,540 posts)
7. Well, the internet hasn't really done a good job in explaining itself to older folks as to what ...
Wed Mar 27, 2019, 12:27 PM
Mar 2019

google is, what FB is, what Amazon is, etc. and how it all ties together under a common platform, the 'internet'. It also doesn't explain where the 'internet' is, and how all of these platforms (google, fb, etc., each of which is a different type of platform too, on the 'internet'/different portions of the 'internet').

A lot of people had jobs in their past that didn't involve the use of computers or interacting with a computer-based platform, so, part of this problem isn't caused by ignorance, it's caused by older job categories that existed prior to the age of data computing and don't use computer platforms out there, e.g., mowing the yard, etc. to perform tasks. There is a lot of hesitation too on the part of these people too, to engage in the 'internet' as well as it (the 'internet') being still too expensive for some people, especially those on a limited income.

As being one in initially being part of the process of bringing up the early days of the 'internet' via installing thousands of data links, one of my biggest jobs (formerly) was educating people on what the 'internet' was, getting connectivity to hosts and/or clients/subscribers/etc.

I guarantee you that you could have classes on this subject/'internet' on a daily basis and still have a full class literally years from now.


(13,485 posts)
9. Searching for google on google can partly be explained
Wed Mar 27, 2019, 12:30 PM
Mar 2019

by the redundant browser setups used which differs from one to another. Some are clearly marked some are not. Sometimes people think they are searching their computer for a google link and don't realize they are actually using google in the address bar. Others have a separate search bar some have both.
Then there are the anonymous search pages that use google search engines but go by a different name like StartPage. If someone wants google or to see the google image of the day from StartPage or other like search pages they will be searching for google on google unknowingly or not. I'm not really surprised by the phenomenon.

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