Yesterday I experienced what a full day without Google looks like.
10.05 – I try a few other queries but receive the same timeout error.
10.15 – I’m getting anxious but remember there are other search engines than Google and turn to Yahoo! It feels like unfamiliar territory and I move around cautiously.
10.30 – Googling seems to be a habit I am not consciously aware of and I attempt a query now and then, forgetting it is going to time out.
10.40 – Instead of using Yahoo for every single query I restrain from querying, how odd is that.
11.00 – I try to query for RFID in Google News Images as a part of research on how wet the RFID imagery is according to Google. Google News times out.
11.15 – I need to reach Google to continue our research on RFID but I am too busy to read the Everyone’s Guide to By-Passing Internet Censorship for Citizens Worldwide to find out how to reach Google through a proxy server. Instead I use a friendly human proxy server named Laura who does all the queries for me (thank you!!).
11.30 – Googling seems to be a habit I am not consciously aware of and I attempt a query now and then, forgetting it is going to time out.
The rest of the day I do some futile Google attempts because I keep on forgetting it’s not working and I use Yahoo now and then. Yahoo feels strange, I am amazed how much I rely on Google and how thoroughly Google has shaped my online experience.
09.00 – I wake up and remember I was Googleless yesterday and do a cautious query for “test.” It works but I don’t have anything useful I have to look up right now.
10.00 – I query Google and I am faced with the all too familiar timeout. Michael points me to the Tor Client Proxy which is profiled as an anonymity online tool but allows you to bypass censorship or dns blocked sites as well. I install Tor and the Firefox Tor plugin as well which allows me to quickly switch the client on and off. WELCOME GOOGLE!
14.00 – I am still not too sure what is going on, Google seems to be blocking my Internet Service Provider Chello. However, I can’t reach some other sites as well including 9rules.com and readwriteweb.com. All these sites can be reached by enabling Tor in Firefox. What is going on at Chello? I wish their helpdesk wouldn’t be so ridiculously expensive so I could call them to find out and e-mailing is futile of course.
The irony of it all is that the search function of Chello’s service page is powered by Google and that searching through the Chello portal actually works! A new form of forcing client commitment?