๐Ÿ“‘ What Itโ€™s Like To Stop Using Google Search

Bookmarked What Itโ€™s Like To Stop Using Google Search – Debugger by Clive Thompson (Debugger)

When it first appeared in 1997, Google was wildly better than the competition. You youngโ€™uns donโ€™t remember this โ€” shakes cane โ€” but back in the โ€˜90s, search engines were a hot mess. Youโ€™d type yourโ€ฆ

Clive Thompson reflects upon his move away from using Google as his search engine. This includes a move to DuckDuckGo and the use of ‘bangs‘, shortcuts built in, that help streamline searches. What was really interesting was Thompson’s preference for using the right search engine for the task at hand.

Iโ€™m not using the main search of any engine. Instead, Iโ€™m using services designed specifically to find academic info, like Semantic Scholar or JSTOR. For historical research, I might use the scans of public-domain info on the Internet Archive or at Google Books.

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