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It looks like I'm starting a series of blog posts about Google which brings me to my second installment regarding I'm feeling curious. Besides this post, you'll also see another interactive infographic [tomorrow] that will shed some light on how Google runs its search engine.
When I discovered the "Fidget Spinner" trick in Google and wrote an article about it a few days ago I thought it was a unique discovery. Out of curiosity I tried to find more of the same on Google and realized there was much more to play around with. That brought me to I'm feeling curious. These words together might not make sense, but in a while, I'm almost 100% confident that you'll realize what I'm trying to convey to you.
Steps to use I'm feeling curious
What I'm about to show you will open a whole new world of internet to you. To avoid any confusion, this isn't a piece of software; it's just a function that Google released who knows when almost like their Fidget Spinner trick. Some call it a trick, but actually, it's part of their Easter Egg tricks. Here's how to get the same results:
Here's how to get the same results:
Step 1: Go to Google.com and search for "I'm feeling curious." When I mean search, just type the words in your browser and hit enter. You can do this on your cell phone, tablet or laptop. Each should give you the same results.
Step 2: Enjoy and read up on the facts presented to you. That's right; this trick shows you facts about a whole list of things that would take me days to list. You can see a fact I got about peanuts below. It's very cool because I eat peanuts a lot and now know that they are in fact part of the legumes family. Okay, so this is probably a stupid example, but still, I think it's a cool addition to Google.
Step 3: Click on "Ask Another Question" to do just that. If you had the time or wanted to, you could sit 24/7 in front of your computer clicking this button and learning. I don't think you should, but now you know... You can probably wow I few friends with this I'm feeling curious trick.
How did I learn about I'm feeling curious
The answer is simple, but the whole story not so much. In short, I found out about it simply by searching and playing around the internet. I found the I'm Feeling Curious Blog which is a blog dedicated to this Google trick and many other web topics from Google so I might be copying a play from their book by creating this Google series. I'm sure they won't mind since at least I gave them ample credit! They also talk about another search trick called Google Gravity here that might be worth adding to this series.
Because it's easy and people, including myself, enjoy videos a lot here's a short screencast recording of I'm feeling curious being used.
While doing my daily Reddit scroll AKA time waste session I found a Reddit post about a user saying the following: “Google actually has their own fidget spinner”. It just made me realize, that even with things that to me seem completely irrelevant, Google has the power to capitalize on almost any market trend.
I’ve never been able to understand the fidget trend. However, just because I don’t understand it doesn’t mean that it’s not a crazy trend. Open your YouTube account and I can almost guarantee you’ll see a few videos on these spinning things and even with hundreds of thousands of video views. Some say these toys are made for stress relieving and others have indicated that some schools have even banned them. They seem like a big distraction if you ask me.
Here’s a demonstration of a fidget spinner from YouTube
So to get back to the Google fidget spinner, like I said Google has insane power on the internet to market and communicated to the masses. They obviously noticed this to be a very big trend and created their own in-search fidget which looks like this:
It’s a block that has this spinning thing where you can choose between fidget and number. For fidget when you click on it, it just spins and goes faster the more you click on it. I can’t look at it too long before it starts hurting my eyes. The number option gives you a random number generator which I guess is another cool thing they added. It’s just strange that Google added it to this search.
Who knows how many thousands of people have clicked on this new search result trick Google has added. I might need to look into similar developments they have released over the years. I’ve already got one in mind I think you’re going to enjoy, but before I write about that I've got some news on social media.