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It's amazing how Google has made so many ignorant to how a standard URL bar works

Nov 2, 2017
3,499
#52
Hot take: It should be against the laws for search companies to sell ads as results. I typed in "Southwest phone" yesterday and the number for American Airlines came up first. That's dirty. Yes, people are stupid, but tech companies are making bank on that stupidity. I don't blame people for being confused when websites are designed to confuse the average user.
I just did this to see what you meant, and the correct number for Southwest Airlines was in a fancy box at the top of the screen, not even as a search result. I don't know what you saw, but this is kinda cool to me. I didn't know that Google extracted information like this from websites, ready to show at a moment's notice.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,688
#53
People typing in google.com in the adress bar to google other links is something.
Occasionally the combination URL/search box is a problem. Say I want to Google something with periods in the name, like a DLL or something. At least on some browsers, if I search for something like oracle.dataaccess.client, it'll try to go to http://oracle.dataaccess.client/ instead of performing a search.
 
Aug 22, 2018
1,911
#54
Working in IT taught me that the smartest people on the planet can have the hugest oversights in their knowledge base. I'm talking about shit like guys working on the cure for cancer who would complain that they couldn't send emails, then like four questions into the call, I'd discover the internet is out and they already knew that. "I DON'T WANT TO USE THE INTERNET! I JUST WANT TO SEND AN E-MAIL, MULCIBER!!"
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,428
New York
#55
I'm off the similar but kind of opposite experience where people will type Google into the address bar to search Google for another URL or query. And are oblivious to the fact that they can just do all that in the address bar and are confused when you point that out.
 
Oct 25, 2017
3,979
#56
I'm off the similar but kind of opposite experience where people will type Google into the address bar to search Google for another URL or query. And are oblivious to the fact that they can just do all that in the address bar and are confused when you point that out.
This became so common I don't even bother anymore.