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Remember before Google?

Asked by zenele (8252points) June 11th, 2010

I don’t.

What did we do? How did we learn stuff?

(The Google page said, on the left side: “Everything” and then just underneath it: “More” – how can there be more than everything?)

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rebbel's avatar

I think i used AltaVista before.

gemiwing's avatar

“Hello, reference desk. How may I help you?”

That and asking smart people we knew who hoarded books in their basement.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

I used the library a lot.

dpworkin's avatar

I remember before Altair.

CMaz's avatar

We gathered together in groups and talked.
Shared our personal thoughts and experiences.

Face to Face.

marinelife's avatar

I read books, newspapers and magazines. I used the library for research.

Val123's avatar


NanciDru's avatar

In school we were taught the Dewey Decimal System so we could go to the library, a very quiet place and do research. The library was also a place for socialization as well. The library had a certain smell that you would instantly recognize if you were blindfolded.

Cruiser's avatar

I don’t use google…not a fan.

lloydbird's avatar

The paradigm shift between then and now is truly awesome.Great, beyond the word’s ability to convey its meaning. Akin to the difference between walking and flying.
I suspect that great good will come out of it.

I do still love walking though.

Berserker's avatar

Final Fantasy on Super Nintendo.

SmashTheState's avatar

I used Webcrawler before Google, and Northern Light before Webcrawler. And before Northern Light, I was on Gopher, so I used Veronica and Archie. Before Gopher there was nowhere to go unless you knew the dotted quad to which you wanted to telnet anyway.

Berserker's avatar

Omg. Webcrawler. I remember that. It was some badass shit, at least for its time.

Val123's avatar

BG was in the days of the BG’s. ha!

Nullo's avatar

Barely. I used to be an Alta Vista fan.

cookieman's avatar

Before Google (and more to the point, the Internet), I would spend a lot of time at the library and bookstores.

Libraries for specific research and bookstores for just randomly flipping through dozens of magazines.

Val123's avatar

I’d often browse encyclopedias for random stuff. Kind of a stone-age Googling I guess. But it was wonderful. Libraries are wonderful. I wonder if the HS ever encounter random lass mates in the library any more? Prolly not.

Val123's avatar

Random experiment….... FAIL!!

mattbrowne's avatar

Altavista. I first switched to Google because there were no irritating flashy banner ads. And later the text ads didn’t bother me.

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