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07 September 2008 @ 01:42 pm
Writer's Block: Google Founded  
Ten years ago today, Google was founded. In that time, how has Google changed your life, and do you ever go out of your way to avoid its omnipresent power?
I remember the day precisely when I first discovered Google. It was in 1999, in Reading, and my colleague Ruth introduced me to this amazing new search engine. I work as a librarian. I find it ironic that I know, almost to the day, when I first came across the engine of my own destruction. Oh, I don't think I'll be made redundant just yet, but I can see a time when I will be, and I think it will be within my working life-time. I wonder if this is how the lamp-lighters felt when they first beheld electricity?
 
 
 
J. Alexanderjohnmill79 on September 7th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Well, Google does make things easy to find technically, but there's something to be said for a real person to whom I can explain exactly what I need. I just don't think a computer can completely phase that out.
Valderys: Avon - slightly sanevalderys on September 7th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
Except that's what they're already doing in some public libraries in the UK. I agree completely with you, but with money as tight as it always is, professionally qualified librarians will be a thing of the past, I reckon, in the next 10 to 20 years. Staffing at public libraries is already being replaced with volunteers - because they're free.

I don't honestly blame anyone, or even really mind - it's just progress. I'm an advocate of science that makes our lives better, so it would be churlish of me to complain too heavily when that same progress ends up doing my job for me :)

Edited at 2008-09-07 09:22 pm (UTC)