A Day Without Google Draws Crowds

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A few brave souls have, from time to time, given up Google – quit using the search engine and all its related sites.  After an initial period of withdrawal, the experiments usually went pretty well.  Now Alt Search Engines is urging everyone to participate in A Day Without Google.

A Day Without Google Draws Crowds
A Day Without Google Draws Crowds

Google, I should note, isn’t the only engine upon which Alt Search Engines is (temporarily) turning its back.  “All day Tuesday, June 12th, don’t use any of the 5 major search engines,” the site’s editor, Charles Knight, suggests.

“Avoid Meta search engines, since most of them include the major search engines,” he continues.  “Likewise, the specialized vertical search engines may be too narrowly focused.”

Lastly, “Consider changing your homepage or downloading their toolbar.  You can always uninstall everything and change back on Wednesday,” Knight points out.

But maybe you haven’t heard of Charles Knight, and this all sounds a little nutty.  Well, Read/WriteWeb’s Richard MacManus is participating, and Search Engine Land’s Barry Schwartz has also taken note of the event.  As for its “nuttiness” . . . opinions vary.

On the insignificant thoughts blog, the idea is filed under “stupid,” and the author writes, “Feh.  Whatever.  I’ve got work to do.”

Similarly, David Berkowitz weighed in through Alt Search Engines’s “Comments” section, and says, “I might as well take it as a vacation day. The top 5 are the top 5 for a reason.”  He may have a point – your humble author isn’t going to risk the lost productivity that might accompany a departure from Google, Yahoo, and the rest.

Yet others have been more accepting of A Day Without Google, and the Alt Search Engines site should collect a lot of feedback about their experiences.  Even if you aren’t participating, this will be worth keeping an eye on.

A Day Without Google Draws Crowds
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  • Eric

    This is a very interesting idea, but I don’t know if I am ready to give up google for day. This could be very difficult. Though I think might try to give it a shot here down the road. And it would be interesting like you said about keeping your eye on the Alt Search Engines.

    I think this idea is sort of comparing or what you hear if everyone doesn’t go buy gas for one day with it really hurt or affect the gas stations. I feel this might be the same case. Will it really affect Google to stop searching for a day?

    Interesting to think about anyway you look at though.



  • Stuart Ward

    I spend two days a week without using Google, or any other search engine for that matter. On Saturdays and Sundays, I don’t use the internet at all. I am part of the minority that doesn’t have internet at home anymore. I canceled my service a bit more than a year ago and although I did suffer some withdrawal, I’m doing fine now. I found that I actually waste a lot less time because I don’t accidentally park myself in front of the computer for too long. Interpersonal relationships improve too: there is a real world outside the box to go and see.

    Stuart Ward

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