I am a college student, which means that I have formed an insoluble personal relationship with Google. Whether I’m stumped with a question or looking for an idea to turn the lightbulb on, Google is easily the most often typed URL in my Internet browser, and with good reason. The ability to search the whole of human knowledge by typing in a couple (often barely related) words is honestly pretty astounding, and even twenty years ago was unheard of.
Google is something that we often take for granted, but something we disregard even more is the amount of work that it takes to catalogue and index such an inconceivable amount of information. I know that at 3 a.m. when I have a radio project due and I need interesting, royalty-free and professional-sounding background music, my first thought isn’t appreciation for the hardworking men and women in Mountain View, California. Thankfully, we have an infographic here that can give you a little insight into what all goes into sorting every Reddit post, cat video and celebrity tweet on the Internet.
Bing users, don’t worry. I’m sure that both of you will learn plenty as well.