Saturday, April 16, 2011

L Is For...

"Let Me Google That For You"

I'm almost caught up you guys! Hopefully by Monday I'll be back on top of the A-Z Challenge.

If you haven't heard of Let Me Google That For You, you need to check it out. Like, right now. The boyfriend introduced me to this and I immediately had to show everyone at work. We get so many completely inane questions that people would be able to find the answer to just as quickly if they would just Google the damn thing. I've been tempted to use this genius invention with clients and members of the press, but damn it I guess I have to keep up the facade of professionalism.

But I will show you how it works so that you can use it at your discretion.

Let's say your friend -- we'll call him Frederico -- is visiting from Arkansas (I'm totally making this up so bear with me). Before he arrives in the big apple he tells you that he wants to go to the Empire Stage building and asks you the address so he can find it. As though you are a New York City directory who has everything memorized. (A special shout out to my friend Vidya who pretty much is a walking New York City directory and who I always go to when I need to find something. She should be using LMGTFY on ME).

Anyway, you find this question of Frederico's eyeroll inducing and want to point out that he could just as quickly and easily find the answer himself. So you do the following:

Got to www.lmgtfy.com

In the search box you type in "empire state building address" then hit Google Search.

Once you have done this a link will appear below the search box (I suggest converting it to a Tiny URL). Then you copy, paste into an email, and send off to Frederico. Voila!

Copy this addy into your browser to see what he will see:

http://tinyurl.com/3kqzxno

This should accomplish 2 things:

1) He will know where to go to find the Empire State building and you get the credit for giving him the answer.

2) It will hopefully get your point across and he will no longer ask you inane questions. Bonus points if he finds it funny as well and shares the wealth with his other friends!

Use it wisely, and often!

7 comments:

maria said...
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Ellie said...

Sounds helpful!

Ellie Garratt

Talei said...

Ah, I haven't heard of this before! Shall have to check it out.

Nice to meet you via the A to Z!

ANN said...

Thanks Liz. I just bookmarked it.

Deniz Bevan said...

A great idea! On the other hand... if it makes me look good at work, I don't mind giving people answers to easy questions!

Karen Walker said...

Hmmm. Never heard of this. Will definitely give it a try.
Karen