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Oodles of Google Observations

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Google’s up, it’s down, it’s all around—whether in the news or on the tongues of everyone who is anyone (and if you don’t know who gave the following Google quotes, just Google them).

“The rise of Google, the rise of Facebook, the rise of Apple, I think are proof that there is a place for computer science as something that solves problems that people face every day.” – Eric Schmidt

“The Google algorithm was a significant development. I’ve had thank-you emails from people whose lives have been saved by information on a medical website or who have found the love of their life on a dating website.” – Tim Berners-Lee

“The great thing that guys like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and the Google guys have in common is they treat their technology like it’s art, and I suppose in the hands of virtuosos like them, it is.” – Harvey Weinstein

“TV ushered in the age of post-literacy. And we have gone so far beyond that. I mean, what with the Internet and Google and Wikipedia. We have entered the age of post-intelligence.” – P. J. O’Rourke

“People are adamant learning is not just looking at a Google page. But it is. Learning is looking at Google pages. What is wrong with that?” – Sugata Mitra

“Google is my best friend and my worst enemy. It’s fabulous for research, but then it becomes addictive. I’ll have a character eating an orange, and next thing I’m Googling types of oranges, I’m visiting chat rooms about oranges, I’m learning the history of the orange.” – Liane Moriarty

“Waiting is so unusual that many of us can’t stand in a queue for 30 seconds without getting out our phones to check for messages or to Google something.” – Julian Baggini

“Sometimes, to stimulate your imagination you have to be careful you don’t have too much information. You can Google something, and it’s in your face, pow! You don’t have time to dream any more about it.” – Dries van Noten

“Google’s not a real company. It’s a house of cards.” – Steve Ballmer

“The institutions that we’ve built up over the years to protect our individual privacy rights from the government don’t apply to the private sector. The Fourth Amendment doesn’t apply to corporations. The Freedom of Information Act doesn’t apply to Silicon Valley. And you can’t impeach Google if it breaks its ‘don’t be evil’ campaign pledge.” – Al Franken

“There’s no first impressions anymore. You go to a job interview, and they’ll probably Google you. It’s a shame – people should play it a little closer to the chest as far as what information they release to the world. If I’m angry about something, I’m not going to take to my Twitter.” – Patrick Stump

“Never Google yourself. Seriously, don’t!” – Marcus Brigstocke

“I have a rule that I won’t Google my own name.” – Topher Grace

“Everyone self-Googles. And, I have, of course, the Google alert.” – Sarah Silverman

“If it isn’t on Google, it doesn’t exist.” – Jimmy Wales

“Some say Google is God. Others say Google is Satan. But if they think Google is too powerful, remember that with search engines unlike other companies, all it takes is a single click to go to another search engine.” – Sergey Brin

“Soon it won’t be the Internet any more, it’ll just be like air, like somehow they’ll integrate the Internet into the air. And God’s name will have ended up being Google because that’s the way it worked out. It could have worked out that God’s name ended up being Yahoo, of course, but they lost out.” – Douglas Coupland

“We’re at maybe 1% of what is possible. Despite the faster change, we’re still moving slow relative to the opportunities we have. I think a lot of that is because of the negativity… Every story I read is Google vs someone else. That’s boring. We should be focusing on building the things that don’t exist.” – Larry Page