Happy Birthday, Google. What would we do without you?

It’s Google’s 15th anniversary. If you haven’t already, try to check out the throwback view of Google when you type in “Google in 1998” into the search engine, and check out the special #GoogleBirthday doodle.

Have you ever Googled yourself? According to Pew Research Center, you’re in the majority. Here’s some info on the important role that search engines play in one’s life, especially when one is searching for oneself.

“In a survey conducted in April and May of 2013, we found that 56% of internet users have used a search engine to look up their own name to see what information is available about them online, up from 22% who had done that in 2001 (the first time we asked the question).

However, despite significant increases in personal information sharing through social media and other channels, there has been little recent change in this activity; as early as 2009, 57% of internet users said they had searched for results connected to their name online.”

More on “self-searching” at Pewresearch.org

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