Do people even remember a time when Google was a misspelled word for ‘googol‘?
It’s not so much that so many Google stuff is being lapped up and hyped by so many people, it’s that Google has embedded itself so deeply in to our (i.e. the ones who’re lucky enough to be connected to the web) collective consciousness, that it’s not a brand name anymore, but a verb.
We don’t search anymore – we google.
Right now, googling simply means looking something up on the net. Who knows, in years – decades – to come, it might mean a heck of a lot more….
“Bon voyage! Don’t forget to googletalk me when you get there!”
“When you reach Times Square, google around for a tall building covered in glass. My office is inside…”
“Why is your bed so untidy, young man? Google it THIS INSTANT!”
“A young couple were detained today by a policeman in Ipoh for googling suggestively in a public area.”
“Are you out of your googling mind? You googling idiot! GOOGLE OFF!”
And so on…
Any more examples/possibilities?