The Internet

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Submitter: The Internet is an overview of how to use the internet from 1998. The internet from 1998 seems like an easy weed. My local library system has 3 copies. Three too many. I knew a now retired public librarian a few years ago who would teach basic internet skills to library patrons. She always referred to the internet as “The Google.” “You need to use “The Google.”

Holly: Don’t do that. Don’t call the internet “the Google.” Just…don’t. There are any number of free internet tutorials online that are better than this book. It was perfectly fine until the very early 2000s, but technology needs to be weeded (or at least considered every 3-5 years). Also, who let someone have a cup of coffee next to the computers?


Net Day '96

Rising computer use

safety or censorship?


  1. Man, that takes me back. Many was the lazy afternoon when I would dial up to the Google (formerly the Lycos) and flame some fellow terminal operators over pressing issues of cyberporn. Just a bunch of keyboard cowboys crawling the World Wide Web via the Information Superhighway to cyberspace.

  2. We love to call it The Google here, inspired by one of our regular phone patrons who always says “did you ask the Google?”. I used to laugh at her turn of phrase until I put the Google app on my iPad that has the microphone icon…

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