Giving up Google for a day
Published 10:23 am Wednesday, March 14, 2007
For a few brief hours last week, I was cut off from the rest of the world.
My computer wouldn't access Google.com, the monster search engine that so dwarfs all other sites that “google” has become an acceptable verb.
I don't remember what I was trying to look up - it could have been a phone number, a name, a definition, or any one of the dozens of things I seek information about in a given day.
I couldn't even google “search engine” to find another Internet search site.
It seems I'm a lot more reliant on the Internet than I even realized.
Before reaching for a dictionary, a thesaurus or an encyclopedia, I usually let my fingers do the walking and talking on my keyboard as I search Google for a variety of types of information.
I'm happy to note that if you Google “Brewton,” the first site that comes up is The Brewton Standard, followed closely by the Brewton chamber's Web site and the City of Brewton's site. In fact, most of the top choices for the search are related to our community - we're the most popular Brewton out there, apparently.
By the way, if you haven't looked at the city's new Web site, located at cityofbrewton.org, you should take a peek. It has a calendar of events and answers to a lot of frequently asked questions, as well as links to other sites of interest.
It's a good thing those sites are among the first you find for Brewton - because as convenient as it is to find information on the Web, you never know how accurate that information can be. And as much as I rely on the Internet for information, that's a dangerous prospect.
Maybe instead of chocolate, I should have given up the Web for Lent instead.
Kerry Whipple Bean is publisher of The Brewton Standard. She can be reached at 251-867-4876 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.