Remember AltaVista or Excite? Have you seen the Northern Lights? Do you ever consult Jeeves? Do you Yahoo? Probably not.
I don’t remember where I was when Kennedy or Lennon were shot. I don’t remember my first kiss. I never remembered my wedding anniversary back in the day when I had a wedding anniversary once a year. I never remember anything important, but I do remember coming across Google the first time.
Just before the turn of the century it seemed like every week a new search engine was coming out that topped the previous topper. They were always marginally different from each other. In late 1998, it was Google’s turn. That was the last week that was. Nobody’s writing about new search engines anymore and sometime in 1999 I found Google myself. The clouds parted, the angels sang and I have been hooked on Internet research since then.
I don’t need to extoll the virtues of Google; we all know them. And if you remember struggling with Ask Jeeves, Dogpile, or Lycos, you know for a fact that Google deserves to be running the Internet.
Do I believe Twitter is the Google of the social media set? Not sure yet, it might be. There is no cloud parting or angel singing this time, but I will say that after struggling with MySpace, LiveJournal, Facebook, and almost giving up on social networking completely, I do like the sleekness of Twitter. It reminds me of Google. For me, Internet usability means one thing: fast. Oh yeah, speed’s important too. So is quickness. Other things I like to consider: swiftness, expeditiousness, fleetness. I like Internet stuff that doesn’t take a lot of time.
If I want to pontificate, I’ll blog. But if I want to network, I’ll Twit. I’m just starting to figure this one out. I damn sure hope it’s the last time I have to do this. I want this to be the last week for new social media sites.
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