Given the “facts” I’m seeing repeated over, and over, and over again in the mass of conference blogging, it’s probably pointless to mention that:
- Google searching is still a minority of web-search-engine searching. People do use other engines. A lot. Sensible people make a point of being familiar with more than one engine.
- Not only isn’t Google the only website people care about, it’s something like the ninth most visited, far behind, for example, Yahoo!
- [None of this is an attack on Google. I think Google does some wonderful things. I’d probably love moving down the road half a mile and working for them, implausible as that is. I think Google Library Project needs a lot more transparency. Mostly, here, I think too many speakers turn “some” into “all” awfully easily.]
- Facile generalizations about This Generation and That Generation are just that–facile generalizations. Pew no more knows how every Generation Whatever “member” thinks than I do.
- If today’s teenagers grow up to behave and think exactly the same way they did as teenagers, it will be a unique event.
Just a Saturday grump brought on by reading the same stuff a few too many times. Maybe it’s just as well that I’m not one of the cool kids.