So, long story short, I hate Let Me Google That For You. It is, by design, a slap in the face. Which is great, provided you mean to slap someone in the face. But somewhere along the way, people have forgotten how to approach the faceless, but relentless interactions we have online. I’m currently looking for someone to recommend a micro-brew in the Seattle area. I asked yesterday evening on Facebook. I asked this afternoon on Twitter (which them reposted on Facebook) – I very rarely ask for information this way, but having used Google and Yelp, I wasn’t happy with the answers, which were from people I don’t know, with tastes I don’t know. So, I asked.
And someone sent me a Let Me Google That For You link as a reply. I don’t know that they meant it to be funny or serious, but all in all, it remains unhelpful, and – as designed – a slap in the face. And I was already in a grim mood. If it was a joke, I didn’t get it, as I don’t know their sense of humour. Did they assume I ask a lot of questions like this? Did they assume I am, like a lot of people, lazy when it comes to using the single greatest research tool ever (bearing in mind that I went through all of grade school using a card catalogue)? Is their Facebook wall filled with people asking questions, and I got lumped in? Do they assume I read everything they post and have a good sense of their humourous nature? Doesn’t matter – I’m still sitting here with a reply that basically makes me feel like an idiot. And I know it’s not deserved – I did some leg work, and Google doesn’t replace personal opinion, which is what I wanted. I wanted people I knew – even vaguely – to tell me their experience. And from there, I could invest a certain amount of blind trust.
Here’s my thinking;
LMGTFY – Usage Guide
Use of Let Me Google That For You should only be under two out of three circumstances.
1) It is confirmed that the target hasn’t actually tried Google.
2) The target habitually asks for crowd sourced answers to annoying levels.
3) The target knows you well enough to understand application of LMGTFY is intended seriously or jokingly.
If a minimum of two out of the above three conditions are not met, you will be effectively pissing someone off unintentionally. If one or none are met, you’ll still be pissing them off, but it’s likely that was at least casually intended.
In summation – I hereby consign LMGTFY to the same bin as “meh” and some variation of “I think / I’m not sure, but” while on the Internet.
And I STILL don’t have a recommendation for a good micro-brew in the Seattle area? Will anyone bother replying after the grumpbomb went off? Was nobody posting a reply anyhow? How will I know? I certainly can’t ask again.