Folks, what’s the alternative to “Google it”?
@kev "Search" is what I tend to use, or "ask the internet" :p It's kind of funny when people are "googling something on youtube" :p
I heard that some say searx is pronounced as "search". So I guess its better to say "search it" or "look online" or something like that, and let the person choose their search engine. Maybe they'll use duckduckgo, or searx or yacy or startpage or qwant.
Or they'll just use google 😑
@kev Since I would use "look up" for searching for entries in dictionaries, lexica or encyclopaedias, I suggest using it for searching with as well, although I can't say that I have fully taken to it...
@kev whatever it is, it should definitely be an advertisement for the service you think they should be using instead of Google. The consensus on this thread seems to be Duck Duck Go. 🦆🦆🚦
"Do a search"
"Look it up"
"Open your favourite search engine and search for it"
"Just duck it bro"
Depending on the situation and whom I am talking to, I use all the above.
@kev "look that up"; "do a search for that"; "check on the internet"; "have a look on the ole WWW"; "let's Duck* that"
* Being a reference to my fave search engine currently
"Goo___" has been almost a cuss word in our house for a while now. Even my wife knows the the tech giants are evil when her Fapple phone's Foogle maps app tells her , "28 miles till you're home" and she did not ask it to tell her anything!
@kev "Look it up", "Search for it", "Find it online", "Use a search engine"
I once said that I used a search engine and someone asked "Why don't you just say that you googled it?" And I had to explain that there exist engines other than Google.
@kev Google once prevented the entry "to google" in a Swedish dictionary to mean "to search the internet". From fear to lose trademark protection for a generic term. (like to hoover)
Search the web/internet?
I still remember the strange looks when I used the term some 15 years ago when it was new.
Now, in the post-google era we have difficulties to remember what we said before. Maybe we should google it? 😂
I've found myself saying "Just Google it" recently, I was ashamed of myself & have made a point of using "Search".
@kev I think "Google it" is a good name. It turns "Google" from a brand to a generic phrase. Which denies the company a lot of rights. Companies often spend a lot of effort to *avoid* their brands becoming generic names, for that reason.
If "to google it" becomes the phrase meaning "to search online", even if not applied to a google product; then their brand and trademarks loose value. Which is a positive outcome IMO.
Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.