Influential Search Engines of Our Nation

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The internet and World Wide Web have become a prime factor in the development of our society. It is because of the web accessibility from search engines, that all people may be able to access information easily and conveniently. Web accessibility is the practice of creating websites that can be usable for everyone with zero internet experience. The internet does not only provide entertainment, but also provides valuable and interchangeable information to the user. However search engines are the key factors making our internet accessibility useful and fun. Web browsers impact everyone, whether it be working class individuals coming home after the job or famous politicians who are looking for more support through some websites such as Facebook, twitter, or even Google plus, because these browsers help give the user clarity, background and user friendly steps when they search for information web. Google Chrome and Bing have become the largest and widely used search browsers of our time, together honing over 1-billion users around the world, and because of their popularity I wanted to shed some light on the different resourceful backgrounds that make both of these search engines quite unique to our Nation.
The google search engine or “Chrome”, is a prominent web browser that has been around for more than a decade, and is one of the most widely used programs around the nation. It has its basic similarities to Internet explorer, Safari for Macintosh, Firefox,–other search engines out there that are a little less popular(Battle of the Browsers[photograph],2014). It’s no doubt Google is a very successful company, and the following will explain why. According to the Digital trends website, google chrome offers the leanest address bar configuration as well as a useful double bar layout that makes it easy to move up and down pages, as well as refreshing the page(Digital Trends,2014). Chrome also has the capability of remembering characters that one has already searched, and allows the user to save or delete websites from the search that may be deemed invaluable. The creators of chrome also revise and update their google software daily, which may be a factor toward Google’s increasing search accuracy and more impressed users. 313.3 million People live in the US. With 110 million people using the google search engine each month within a year, would mean our entire population has searched on Google chrome at least once.

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Bing is a particularly different website that gets a lot more access to social media websites like Facebook and twitter than Google because of its partnership. This makes social integration within this browser much stronger whereas Google would have to rely on its own Google Plus social media website only. Social integration means different thing for different people, but here are two examples:re’s some of the common meanings of the term social media integration:

Facebook like button for the group’s Facebook page (without leaving the site)
Twitter auto-follow button for the group’s Twitter account (without leaving the site).
Bing too provides a well-developed search engine that primes itself excessively to the needs of its user. The prime uniqueness of Bing is that it uses its connections with other social media platforms to reward its user. With a Microsoft account, those who use Bing are able to obtain real items through a point system that usually just requires the user to use the Bing website in some fashion. While searching for things on Bings engine, they will offer the user a set of tasks such as searching for a particular link or typing their first search to gain points that will automatically enter the user into a raffle to receive some of the following: Computers, television sets and or video games. Bing’s quick searches and prize offers may be the prime reason why Bing acquires approximately 300 million users monthly. According to the Entrepreneur, Bing’s search results pages have a more creative search appeal toward its audience.

Bing’s search result actually look like what Google’s used to, before Google cluttered its listings with “+1” buttons, social annotations which many Google users have pointed out to be pointless(Entrepreneur. 2012). It has recently been updated and google no longer uses such a feature. Bing map visuals have also begun to rival Google maps features. According to the Geo technological Research group in Maynooth Ireland, they have done intensive research on both map software, and have concluded that Bing has fewer map errors than Google Maps (NUIM.2011). Although Bing does not seem to measure up to google on this graph, it is still one of the most widely used web browsers that is still growing rivaling the standards of Google Chrome. Regardless of popularity differences, these two search engines have both greatly influenced our society’s way of applying and acquiring useful information.It’s incredible to believe that over 90% of our entire population has already been greatly affected by just two well made search engines. But I believe this is because of the reliability of both engines. Google is infamous for finding almost exactly what the user wants using only a few keywords and without exploiting the use of tabs. The user’s search space is clean, concise and they have already received the answers from their search. The Bing search engine does not respond the way. Instead of providing the user with a plethora of extremely relevant information from their search, it tries to first sell you a product, distract from the main search and once links appear for the user, Bing has a tendency to completely redirect the user to other pages not quite pertinent to the search, using up more tabs that were not necessary to begin with. However, this is not such an terrible feature because the gimmick Bing has is to allow the user to build points in order to enter into various raffles to win very expensive items such as television sets, laptops, or gaming systems. Google on the other hand does not run on gimmicks, and has become quite a success without it.
How do you feel about these search engines? Is one most appealing that’ll the other and can you explain why? In my opinion, Google has become the least confusing most adaptable search engine for all parties and should definitely be used over Bing for quick results, but Bing has another advantage for gift giving by allowing the user to search and also earn medals and raffle points which Google does not offer. Tell me your opinions.

References

Kumar, A.J (2012 Oct. 13) Bing v.s Google:Which Search Engine is best? Retrieved from: http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/224639

Lopez, Peter (2010)Battle of the Browsers[photograph]. Retrieved from: http://petermlopez.hubpages.com/hub/Browsers-Compared-A-Review-of-Google-Chrome#lastcomment

Widder, Brandon (2013 Mar. 31 ) Digital Trends:Battle of the best Browsers: IE vs. Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Safari. Retrieved from: http://www.digitaltrends.com/web/the-best-browser-internet-explorer-vs-chrome-vs-firefox-vs-safari/#!Awujl

Cipeluch, Blazej. Jacob, Ricky.Winstanley, Adam (2010)Comparison of the accuracy of OpenStreetMap for Ireland with Google Maps and Bing Maps. Retrieved from http://eprints.nuim.ie/2476/1/Accuracy2010-Ciepluch-Submitted.pdf

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Analyzing the Like Button

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Facebook has become one of the world’s most accessible and enjoyable forms of social media. The “Like” symbol, in particular, has created an easy alternative to express one’s approval of posts or comments from a friend’s or stranger’s status. However, with such an innovative and simple mechanic for social interaction, has this made Facebook, along with other forms of social media, an inadequate space for ingenuity? It seems the “Like” symbol’s original use has been exhausted by comments that have replaced honest remarks of concern or empathetic gestures. Its purpose has become broadened in more ways than the uses of other symbols in the social media. Originally, Andrew Bowsworth created the Facebook “Like” symbol so users could indicate that they agreed with a post, explaining that its features were made simply to signify appreciation amongst others. He states that, “The concept of ‘liking’ things is very old, likely older than the words we use to describe it (TechCrunch 2011)…”. Perhaps he means that the “Like” button has expanded its original, simplistic function to mean much more,or maybe the “Like” symbols original form has become obsolete and bland in meaning. In this article, I will discuss the issues behind the Facebook “Like” symbol and the poor communication skills prompted by this particular endeavor.

Likes of the Past/Likes of The Present
I remember scrolling between comments on my Facebook page in 2010 and seeing the “Like” symbol for the first time. Before its creation, my friends and I would spend most of our time writing a comment in response to a wonderful post. I remember talking to many people about this new symbol, and most of my friends and family admitted that it seemed like a cheesy way of communicating when one could simply type, “I laughed at this” or “This was great!”. They believed that more text displayed more context and connection than using such a vague symbol to speak for them.
A year later, the “Like” symbol eventually became the first thing someone clicked before commenting on a post they found relatable. I believe it was only a few months after a year had past since people really began to divulge the usefulness of the “Like” symbol, that the it began taking over the place of emoticons that usually helped convey tone and empathetic connection. Later, the “Like” symbol’s function began replacing most conversations. Popularity is based upon the “likes” one receives more than the actual comments from readers. From experience, it appears that genuine connections with others for lost ones have became empty, almost thoughtless routine rather than spontaneous effort. Instead of receiving general comments of comfort and support, people seem to have replaced talking with the “Like” icon, preventing people from furthering their writing, communication and interpretation skills. The pictures below represent a typical Facebook post, thoroughly supported only with likes. More often there are way more likes than comments–this suggests that liking has become an easier alternative than commenting on a post.

Analyzing the Like Button

According to the Pew Research Center, Facebook users “like” their friends’ content often but comment on photos relatively frequently, but most users don’t change their own statuses . When asked about the frequency with which they engage in certain behaviors on the site, Facebook users tend to point towards “Liking” content that others have posted and commenting on photos as the activities they engage in most often. The Pew Research Center conducted the poll as part of their larger focus on internet culture and communication:

“44% of Facebook users “like” content posted by their friends at least once a day, with 29% doing so several times per day.
31% comment on other people’s photos on a daily basis, with 15% doing so several times per day.
19% send private Facebook messages to their friends on a daily basis, with 10% sending these messages multiple times per day.
10% change or update their own status on Facebook on a daily basis, with 4% updating their status several times per day. Some 25% of Facebook users say that they never change or update their own Facebook status.”
—–6 new Facts About

Facebook:PewResearch

I have a theory. Perhaps

What do you think?
Is it a short-cut alternative in this fast-paced world that promotes bland, inauthentic communication among people? We are given search engines to help us look up information rather than spending time researching through books at a library. But we lose levels of critical thinking, and exposure to challenging our minds. We can now communicate vastly over seas without so much as leaving our homes. We can network with multitudes of people and cultures around the world, without the time or trouble of traveling. But we lose interaction, experience…insight. Now, not one way is more prominent than the other. Utilizing newer technology allows us to expand our knowledge about people, places and things that one could not normally receive through a textbook. The same goes for reading or researching things without the use of technology; We are actually exposing our minds to a more challenging form of research by finding the right books, reading them to their entirety and seeking out the right terms. They both have their pros and cons. Is the Facebook ‘like’ actually contributing to the lack of creative thinking, as it acts like other advances in technology that have made living easier, and less work for people. Can we argue that because the ‘like’ symbol is such a simple and easily adaptable substitute that it has made the generations—the century of kids born into this era– lazier? Are people often too busy “Liking” statuses rather than making their own. What do you think? I for one believe that liking has become a substitution for regular communication on social networks, simply because it’s an easier method of contribution to a post.

RSS and Reference Links

6 new facts about Facebook. (2014, February 3). Retrieved October 1, 2015.
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/02/03/6-new-facts-about-facebook/(6 facts about Facebook){In RSS Feed}
Facebook Likes Survey: Thumbs Up Symbol Very Well Known. (n.d.). Retrieved October 1, 2015.
https://aytm.com/blog/daily-survey-results/facebook-likes-survey/ (Facebook Like Status){In RSS Feed}
Facebook’s “Like” Button Used To Be The “Awesome” Button. Tech Cruch (n.d.). Retrieved October 1, 2015.
http://techcrunch.com/2010/10/05/awesome-this-post/ (Tech Crunch Awesome)
Social Networking Fact Sheet. (2013, December 27). Retrieved October 1, 2015.
http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/social-networking-fact-sheet/(SocialNetworking Fact sheet)