I’m Feeling Curious, Google’s quirky little answer to the age-old question What do you want to know? might seem like just another tool to get quick answers. But dig deeper, and it turns out there are plenty of fun facts about this seemingly simple search engine you can use to amuse yourself and amaze your friends! Here are 10 of our favorites, with sources cited in the links below so you can learn more about the world’s most popular search engine.
What is I’m Feeling Curious?
Launched in 2010, Google’s I’m Feeling Curious lets you ask anything and see what people across the world wonder about. Since it launched, curious Googlers have asked over a million questions—and answered each other’s too. The answers are everything from silly to serious; deep to shallow; raunchy to poetic. Here are 10 interesting facts you didn’t know about I’m Feeling Curious.
Why are so many people interested in this topic?
According to a 2011 study by Weber Shandwick, 77% of consumers search for a product or service online before making a purchase in-store. Also, over 88% of U.S. adults use search engines at least once per day to help them answer questions or solve problems. The point is: consumers are trying to find information (answers) before they make decisions about products and services, so marketers need to provide them with what they’re looking for quickly and efficiently – and often through content.
What Does It Mean?
When a computer tells you it’s feeling curious, there is little to suggest that anything remarkable is about to happen. However, much like Disney World’s It’s a Small World After All, it soon becomes clear that every query that goes through Google’s I’m Feeling Curious interface eventually leads to something incredibly obscure and unexpected. This can either be magical or disorienting, depending on how you feel about Reddit AMAs and Onion stories.
Are There Any Other Similar Features Like This?
In case you didn’t know, there are a handful of other I’m feeling [adjective] prompts out there that operate in similar fashion. For example, Microsoft Research has its own I’m feeling curious forum that hosts user-generated questions and answers from Bing users who are looking for additional information on a variety of topics.
Who Made It?
In 2007, Dennis Hwang left a job in finance to become a software engineer at Google. His first project: creating an experimental version of Google’s search homepage that featured fun, content-based questions and answers, instead of simple search results. I set out to collect these random questions and answer them, Hwang says.
How Does It Work?
When you search for a query on Google, you’re usually presented with several different results. But sometimes, if you search for something unusual or an uncommon topic, a section titled I’m Feeling Curious appears in your results instead. This feature invites you to ask any question about anything and everything under the sun, and provides a platform for researchers to share their knowledge on topics that are little known to many people. The feature was introduced by Sergey Brin and Larry Page when they were at Stanford University back in 1999.
What Can It Do?
If you’re looking for a quick way to learn a new skill, there are two incredible tools at your disposal: Duolingo and Khan Academy. Duolingo offers free language courses on Android, iOS, or via their website. You can also take their fun daily quizzes to keep your skills sharp.