Posts tagged Google
This post was inspired by a meeting i had the other day. A group of us were writing a report and we split the work up equally the week before. During the meeting everyone had their parts of the project ready and one by one we passed the VGA cable connected to the overhead LCD and began to discuss what we wrote. One of my colleagues plugged his laptop in and said “This is what i am going to write about.” He then pulled up google and typed in his search. He had nothing prepared for the deadline. No joke.
“letmegooglethatforyou.com” or “lmgtfy.com” for short, is a website that pokes fun at situations where people use or don’t use Google when they should be. To use it, go to the website and type in your search and hit “google search”. The website will give you a link that you can share with someone else and lmgtfy.com does its magic. Although my above situation isn’t really related to when you would use this tool, it just made me think of how fun this tool can be.
Here’s a better example of when i’ve seen it used. Say you’re surfing your favorite tech blog site and someone posts “Whats the difference between a Palm Pre and a Palm Pixi?” You go to lmgtfy.com type in “Whats the difference between a Palm Pre and a Palm Pixi?” and get a link like this http://tinyurl.com/yllqtsv. then you post it for the intended individual to poke fun. Have fun!
Here’s a little tip for gmail users. Gmail allows you to create multiple addresses using the same gmail address. Say you have the username firstname.lastname@example.org. By appending a “+” to it allows you to extend it and thus create a new address that will go to the same account. For Example:
Will all go to the email@example.com account.
You can also add a “.” to any address and it will still go to the account in question. For example:
Will all go to firstname.lastname@example.org email box.
Finally you can also use the @googlemail.com as the suffix for your email address and it will go to yourr gmail account. So email@example.com is the same as firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is really useful when you want to sign up at different websites around the net. For example if you wanted to sign up for multiple accounts on Twitter. Using email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org will allow you to sign up for two twitter account and all your alerts will go to your main account. Another reason this is useful is for signing up for anything you may potentially be getting junk mail from. For example, if Doritos has a contest to sign up for free XBOX Live points, like it had in the past, you can sign up for it using email@example.com. All the info would go to your main account and in the future if you were to get any spam or advertisements to firstname.lastname@example.org you would know Doritos was the one that gave out your email address to advertisers or spammers.