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10 ways Google changed our lives

We have so much to thank you for.

GOOGLE TURNS 15 today.

A mere adolescent, but the corporation has already given us so much.

Here are a few ways which we are forever grateful, and er, literally couldn’t function without it.

1. Search

Information? No need to store it in your brain any more, when Google is at your fingertips. Whether it’s settling that midnight pub wager or putting to rest the sorta stuff that keeps you awake at night.


2. Email and G Chat

Where would we be without Gmail? We’d still be using our emails and MSN, that’s where. Yeah, you bet your ass MSN would still be alive and kicking.

msn Source: Twitter/MSNmesenger

3. Maps

Seriously. How did people find their way around before the Google Maps app? Was there a time when we couldn’t visit other cities via the medium of street view? If so, please let us never speak of it again.

zoom Source: Shutterstock

4. Docs

If there’s something work or school related that Google Docs can’t be used for, we don’t want to know about it.

Oh you’ve ‘attached’ the document? Nice try, grandma.

3oiopd Source: Quickmeme

5. Scholar

Cheers for the perfectly adequate C+ in college, scholar. TurnItIn didn’t suspect a thing. Stand on the shoulders of giants? How about a piggy back?

plagiarism_by_inami4 Source: Chiefoftheleast

6. Books

Yes, I’ve bought all four volumes of the Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications for €1,420. Definitely not just chucking the paragraph I want into search to collect the page number to reference. Definitely not.

7. YouTube

We used to have to watch ‘You’ve Been Framed’ on a Saturday night to see cat videos and people falling over. Now we can do it while we’re on the clock.

One look and we’re gone.

down_the_rabbit_hole Source: Reactiongifs

8. Google +

If nothing else, it constantly reminds us that Facebook isn’t so bad after all.

googleplus Source: WeKnowMemes

9. Chrome

Saving us from the traumas of Firefox and, God forbid, Internet Explorer. Thank you, kind sir.

guggle Source: Websguides

10. Reader

Changed our browsing lives… before it was cruelly snatched away from us, never to be seen again.

ShutDown-Google-Reader Source: Technologybrunch

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