20th Sep2011

How Search Made Watching TV Easier

by sam

After reading How Google and its rivals rewrote the rules of business and transformed our culture by John Battelle I have realized how Google controls so much of the information I intake.  I almost always go to the first 3 links on Google when I search for something.  It doesn’t matter if I got all of the information I needed from the first link, I feel the need to see what Google recommended I look at.  I now know after reading this excerpt and from class discussion that companies can pay for being on the top of the list.  Although I kind of feel cheated, I will still use it at least 10 times a day.  If I missed an episode of one of the hundred shows I watch, I just simply Google (yes I believe Google is now in the dictionary as a verb) watch insert tv show name here online free, and almost always can find a version of it in the first 5 links.  I also use Google to look up characters on TV shows, movies, and so many other things.  I can also Google the times that TV shows are on.  I can’t imagine my life without a search engine.  I have also recently started using Bing every once in a while just to see how it matches up to google.  I like it but I don’t think it’s significantly better or worse than Google so I’m going to stick to what I know.  I rely on Google for everything, not only as a search engine but as my main source for news as well.  I also like how recently (and when I say recently I mean a year or 2 ago) they have increased their video search.  That also helps make watching shows for free online much simpler because they show youtube videos in the search results.  Also discussed in the excerpt is SEM/SEO (Search Engine Marketing and Optimization) which explains how some websites get to the top of the list without paying and being in the advertised sections.  I can add tags to this blog post that tell the search engines that this post is about SEO, Search, Google, Television, etc… It’s crazy how the internet originally started out at this open and free environment and now it’s controlled by so many different companies and organizations.  What’s even crazier is that a lot of people have no idea!  I wonder what would happen if you Googled Google?