Monthly Archives: December 2013

Don’t ask a question a Google search could have answered

Ahh the Google. That massive search engine that fields 100 billion queries per month still manages to get stumped by you. Yes, you. In fact it gets stumped by a brand new question 500 million times a day.

Of course Google doesn’t like to admit that it has no idea what you’re talking about when you type something into it’s search box.

Therefore it searches for data on 20 billion websites every single day in order to up the chances it will be able to bring you relevant information faster than you can blink, no matter what your query happens to be.

When Google is off target, what do you do? You rephrase your question in attempt to get better results.

In other words, you know when you’re in class, for example, and the teacher asks you a question and you don’t exactly know what she’s talking about? What do you always do- you quickly scour your brain for any relevant information that may sort of answer her question. Sometimes you hit the nail on the head, and other times you’re totally off and the teacher rephrases the question.

That, in essence, is the user-Google experience. Google is there to supply you with the right answers, so you don’t have to go bugging other people with your questions.

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If shortcuts were really shorter, they would be the way

Think about that for a moment. By a show of hands, who among us hasn’t been wooed by the idea of cutting corners from time to time? Exactly. We all have.

Now once again, raise your hand if that shortcut actually led to more work, confusion and regret.

Seeing as how everybody’s hand is now in the air, I’m ruling this a unanimous decision.

Shortcuts don’t work. They may seem all shiny and smart, but the fact of the matter is, if they worked everybody would already be doing it that way. They therefore wouldn’t be the shortcut, they would simply be the way that thing is done.

Still skeptical, my shortcut inclined friend? Here is a list of shortcuts gone wrong:

1. The Donner Party, 1846. Decided to try a new, “faster” route across Utah and Nevada. We all know how that ended.
2. New Zealand’s worst maritime environmental disaster, 2012. The cargo ship hit a reef while trying to “save time”.
3. BP’s Gulf Oil Spill, 2010. In attempt to finish the well, which was weeks behind schedule and millions of dollars over budget, BP took shortcuts in attempt to finish the project

Conclusion: If you’re thinking of a taking a shortcut, don’t.

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