Browser Knowledge

Just when I start to think that our culture has finally become as tech-obsessed as I am, I get a reminder that they are not and I can breathe a little easier. What the hell am I talking about? This interesting little video put together by a Google intern asking people what a "browser" is.

Alright, so clearly some of them are confusing a web browser (e.g. IE/Firefox) with a file browser (e.g. Explorer on Windows, Nautilus on Linux), and admirable mistake. The fact that on Windows there is Explorer and Internet Explorer both of which do very different things doesn't help the cause very much either. Why exactly so many people think that Google/Yahoo is their browser, I don't really know what to make of that. I guess since that is the first thing they see when they open their browser, they assume that is what their browser is as opposed to the icon/name that they clicked on to open it....maybe...who knows.

Perhaps my favorite part of the video is the guy who proudly says he uses Firefox, and then when asked why he admits that a friend removed (probably from the desktop) all of his other search engines and said to use Firefox. What a good friend.


Unknown said...

"removed all of his other search engines" -- looks like the words got a bit confusing there ;)

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