In search of

For the well connected citizen, there isn’t a terrible need to remember everything.  Just search for it.

Or rather, “just Google it”.

Can there be no bigger commercial name that has become part of our language.  I can think of a few.  How about this…

“I’ll have a Coke”.

What kind?

It’s interesting to see something like that take over a whole class of things.  In this case, searching.

You never hear

“Just Bing it” or

“Just Duck Duck Go it”

But how many times are you told to “Just Google it”

Even if you use one of those search engines, the language hasn’t adopted it.

Today’s connected person uses search all the time rather than remembering facts or learning everything.  It drives you crazy at times but why rely on a memory that might or might not be 100% correct when your search engine can give you the facts that you’re looking for?

Who doesn’t use a search engine as a second opinion to a doctor, to get directions to a location, to fact check something that you’ve just seen on television, to dig up a new recipe for those leftovers, and so much more?

As we all know, search engines retain these things unless you find some way to turn it off or use a utility that does your search in an anonymous manner.

We all should know that you can check out your popular searches.  So, if you “Google” things and keep the history alive, you can always check your searches here after logging in to your Google account.

It should also not come as a surprise that you’re just one in a billion but when the results from those billions are accumulated, it’s interesting big data to read.

Google has pulled together some really interesting facts in what it calls “Google’s Year in Search”.  Check the link here – https://www.google.ca/trends/yis/2016/CA?autoplay=1

I found it fascinating.  No longer was a search history based upon the whim of this guy just looking up stuff, it’s a snapshot of an entire nation searching.

So, if you’re searching for Canadians, here are the top hits.

Isn’t that an interesting list?

Top ten lists are available for news stories, politicians, sports celebrities, and more.

There certainly is huge value in the results and brings back some memorable moments from 2016.

In the classroom though, I could see this being a very interesting provocation for some serious digging.  Why did these names make the list?  What did they do or what significance is the topic to Canadians.

It really would bring forward some excellent discussions, speculations, and research.

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