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What Is The Last Thing You Googled? [We Ask You]

Dave Parrack 27-11-2014

We all need to search for something online sooner rather than later. Whether it’s to learn more about a news story, discover the latest gossip on a celebrity, define a word, or find the best website for a certain task. Whatever you searched for last, we want to know all about it.


MakeUseOf Is Watching You!

OK, we’re not really watching you, but we are interested in what you get up to when you’re not reading MakeUseOf. We want to know, What Is The Last Thing You Googled?

Unlike the NSA and other governmental spy agencies around the world, we’re not going to track you across the Internet Your Interest in Privacy Will Ensure You're Targeted by the NSA Yes, that's right. If you care about privacy, you may be added to a list. Read More without your knowledge. That would be rude. Instead, we’re asking you outright to reveal a little about yourselves by answering the question above.

Just try to remember what you last searched for online. If you can’t remember, you can always check your History to jog your memory. Or, alternatively tell us the last thing you search for online that you can remember. It doesn’t matter whether it was a day, a week, or a month ago.

It’s entirely possible it’s been a long time since you searched for anything online. Perhaps because you have a specific set of websites you visit regularly, which between them provide all of the information you need. Or perhaps because you’re the fount of all knowledge and there is nothing you don’t know that Google could possibly tell you. Yeah, OK, we believe you.

If this is the case then we dare you to go and Google something right now 8 Google Search Tips To Keep Handy At All Times Figures don't lie, and the figures suggest that the majority of Internet users choose Google over the rest of the competition. With that in mind it's important to make sure all of those Google users... Read More . Go on, scoot off to Google and search for something. Anything. Just a person, place, object, word, or phrase you’d like to learn more about but which you have never had the time or a good enough excuse to do so. Then come back here and take part in the discussion like everyone else. You know it makes sense.


Oh, and before anyone gets smart in the comments by telling us they use Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo or any of the other alternative search engines Pause Google: 8 Alternative Search Engines To Find What Google Can't We probably know all the Google search tricks, but there are still things that Google can't tell us at first glance. Google's a Hercules, but we shouldn't be shortsighted not to spot the midgets. Yes,... Read More , we get it, but “Googled” makes for a much punchier headline. So there. Carry on.

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  1. Terry Hicks
    May 22, 2017 at 6:16 am

    "Random google. " Which led me to an article on ... random googling. Huzzah.

  2. Baul Sachs
    January 2, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    The last thing i googled as xsplit gamecaster vs broadcaster

  3. W. Zethan F.
    December 27, 2014 at 10:38 am

    The last thing I googled was........
    "Dungoens and Dragons books filetype:pdf"
    -We (me and my brother) had lost one of our DND books and we had to have it because I was DM the next day. Well I was writing out our quest-line and I lost my book. So I grabbed one from google search and continued. I feel like I had a more of a nerdier post than I should have here. But I found this site less than twenty minutes ago from some TPB thing.
    -And by the way, dungeons was spelled wrong in my search.
    -On the other hand I normally do not actually go to to search for items. I use the Omnibox in Chrome for that. Except this time I was in a hurry and I typed all that in, and it was my literal search. So I had to go to so the filetype part would work. I have never even heard of Most of my browsing is sh*t like 4chan, 9gag, tumblr (although not as much anymore). And last but not least... (although I hate to admit it.) Porn.
    Well now that I feel as if I have written my own article. I bid you farewell.

  4. Caroline W
    December 18, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Hi. The last thing I googled was 'The Salvation Army', here in the UK, to give a donation to them to help people who are struggling this xmas. It was an emotional experience because it hit home how some people are in such crappy situations, especially for this time of the year.

  5. Katie F
    December 18, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    "makeuseof" and that was because I haven't been on recently and had some free time to come and check out what was new! :)

  6. RK
    December 1, 2014 at 2:50 am

    savemoney recharge

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      What was this in relation to? I would love some background information!

  7. Artex
    November 29, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    "C#" - Learning about C#

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Can you remember what websites you found from that search?

    • Artex
      December 4, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Been a little bit since the search, but I believe went to the C# Wikipedia page and the Microsoft documentation from the results.

  8. Tiago
    November 28, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    "xubuntu wallpapers"

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Did you find any? I remember the wallpaper sites of old that were usually loaded with malware.

  9. A41202813GMAIL
    November 28, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I Had To Check My Browsing History:

    "X14EL38" - Double Quotes Included.


    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Grand Prix: The Killer Years perchance? This article now comes in second place for that search lol.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      December 3, 2014 at 5:35 am

      Thank You For Including This Search In Your 15 Items Selection.

      I Am A Huge F1 ( Since The Last Laps Of FRANCE 1979 - You Can 'YOUTUBE' It ) And Now LH44 ( Since His Fourth Race In 2007 ) Fan.


    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      It was an intriguing one, and access to a free documentary is too good to pass up.

      Being British I have to support Lewis Hamilton.

    • A41202813GMAIL
      December 4, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Damn, Against The First Odds, Another Thing In Common.

      As The Movie Says 'This Could Be The Beginning Of A Beautiful Friendship'.

      GO, 44 !

  10. Sue
    November 28, 2014 at 5:42 am

    ~history, Marion County Oregon gold mining

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Be there gold in them thar hills?

    • dragonmouth
      December 1, 2014 at 9:01 pm

      And you have the gall to criticize Van Dyke's Cockney accent?!

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      I did my best! The same cannot be said of the professional actor (pfft!) Dick Van Dyke.

    • dragonmouth
      December 3, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Please, Dave. Van Dyke is/was an entertainer, not an actor. Peck, Cooper, Gielgud, Olivier, Guiness, Richardson were actors.

  11. Imaduddin Sawal
    November 28, 2014 at 1:51 am

    "What is Seeding in Torrents" ( that wasn't perfect grammar ) , was my last google search .

    Plus, I have definitely lessened the use of Google these days, as in the quest of finishing Google's Monopoly in the Search Engine market. And usually use .

    But, unlike many others, I can hopefully never "finish" the use of Google. As today, there is no match-able search engine as accurate as Google and I'll have to stick with it till a comparable search engine arrives.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      DuckDuckGo is a nice alternative. I use it on and off but then usually forget about it and go back to Google as my default. Which is why Google is number one and is likely to remain number one for as long as the Web exists in its current form!

  12. callum
    November 27, 2014 at 4:35 pm


    To be honest, I'm not really sure what this means. I think it's me typing really fast and making typos, but oh well.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 8:04 pm

      You must have meant, Adam Sandler, no? But that leads me to wonder why you were Googling Adam Sandler. I mean, he hasn't made a decent film in 10 years! ;)

  13. Maryon Jeane
    November 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    To find a YouTube video of the Mary Poppins 'A Spoonful of Sugar' scene (I found it) to remind me of the precise sequence for a blog piece I was writing ('YouTube Mary Poppins tidying up nursery'). I'm very aware of the security issues with Google and so use it for general, non-sensitive searching (it is the biggest search engine, after all) and have various security add-ons in my browser (Waterfox) such as Ghostery.

    For more sensitive searches (for example for my clients) I most often use DuckDuckGo, which is excellent. I tried Tor Browser but, unfortunately and even though I have a business ISP, the throttling makes it too slow.

    With Google I often do allow a certain amount of tracking by advertisers because I find this quite useful. If I'm looking for something (a recent search was for a particular item of clothing) then having relevant suggestions popping up can save me time and energy.

    It's horses for courses and I use Google several times a day, I think around twenty or so.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      Do you like DuckDuckGo or is there something about it you'd like to see changed/improved?

      Mary Poppins, eh. That takes me back. And now I simply must watch that film again, and laugh at Dick Van Dyke's terrible approximation of a Cockney accent.

    • Maryon Jeane
      December 1, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      I really like DuckDuckGo and, as I've been using it for quite a while, it's hard to evaluate it from a distance because I'm very used to it. It's not so good for the more popular things (such as shopping or searching for reviews on consumer items etc.) - and it's no good for videos because of course YouTube etc. won't let you watch them anonymously - but these things aren't DuckDuckGo's primary function, and anyway these things would just get in the way and clutter up searching if they were present in the numbers they are in Google.

      I wouldn't like to search for information about consumer goods using DuckDuckGo and I wouldn't like to do serious research using Google, I think is what it comes down to for me.

      Have fun with Mary and Dick!

      P.S. In case anyone here is interested, the resultant blog piece is at:

  14. Dmitry T
    November 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Two last searches:
    "5'10" in centimeters" - google's units converter is a fast argument while discussing actresses during smoke break :)

    "old reader" - to find theoldreader. com ( part of reviving old s60 phone as functional backup feedly basically says 'f... off' to dumb/old phone users :( ).

    As for fear of bein' tracked...well, i'm android and Gmail user so BigBrother has too many insight in my digital and real life already.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      Both great searches. I love Google's conversion tool. It has saved me from a lot of unnecessary searching.

  15. paipodude
    November 27, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I searched on Google for "Marquesas AND history of surfing"

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      I've just repeated your search and learned something in the process. Which is always a good thing :)

  16. dragonmouth
    November 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I do not Google, I DuckDuckGo.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      Every single time? I like DuckDuckGo, but I always find myself returning to the comforting embrace of Google after a while.

      So, to rephrase the question just for you, What is the last thing you DuckDuckgoed? Or perhaps DuckDuckWent?!

    • dragonmouth
      December 1, 2014 at 8:53 pm

      Yes, Dave, every single time. Beginning of the year I left the sticky fingers of Google and went with DuckDuckGo. I just DDG'ed Circe and the Sirens.

      If I can find a reliable replacement for GMail, I will be Borg, I mean Google free! Resistance is NOT futile!

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      And now I want to write an article titled, 'Resistance Is Not Futile, How To Disconnect From The Google Borg'

  17. cmf
    November 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Bird by Bird. A book that Tim Ferriss mentioned.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      I just had to Google Tim Ferriss ;)

  18. rildo polycarpo oliveira
    November 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I've last googled for: "food bike"
    Note: it's related to gastronomy, innovation, urban experience, sustainability... ;-)

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      Nice! What an awesome idea for running a business.

  19. KT
    November 27, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Google Map of Columbus Ohio for a business trip.

    Duck duck go for most things.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm

      I guess it's stuff like maps that mean you can't give up on Google completely, eh. What was the final straw that made you dump DuckDuckGo for Google?

    • KT
      December 2, 2014 at 10:38 am

      I think you misunderstood. I still use Duck for most searches. I only use Google for maps and images like wallpapers.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      It was more a typo than anything else. I meant to ask, What was the final straw that made you dump Google for DuckDuckGo?

  20. pete
    November 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    "Neville Southall"

    The ex goalkeeper. A friend of mine (who is carpet fitter) posted on facebook that he found an old newspaper under a customers capret and posted it online. The article was about Mr Southall and my friend made a gag about he used to play for his chosen football team.

    As Bury FC fan, it was duty to point out that Nev was one of many players to reach the dizzying heights of top flight English football from that little club of mine.... but I had to double check my facts first.

    Not the most interesting story ever told, but a true one and if Neville Southall needs anything in his life - it's that the truth be told!

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      I'm sure Neville Southall appreciates you're keeping the truth, his truth, alive ;) I totally remember him by the way, from the days when I was actually into football.

  21. Larry Kruse
    November 27, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    How to use Chicago Cutlery's "Easy Sharp" tool video - no results

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:20 pm

      No results? Damn, that sucks. For once, Google let you down!

  22. Buffet
    November 27, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I do not "goggle"! I do not wish to be tracked.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      You do not "goggle," but do you Google? ;)

  23. James Howde
    November 27, 2014 at 10:50 am

    This is going to be like desert island discs where people have to pretend their favourite tune is Russianblokesky's piano concerto in D minor rather than "Hi Ho Silver Lining" or "My Way (Kermit the Frog version)". Also despite Rule 34 and the official stats I bet nobody owns up to it being 'Kim Kardashian Sex Tape'

    Luckily for me, this time it was the boring 'Why are my windows 8.1 Apps not responding once they open?" and no I didn't find out, thanks for asking.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      I actually would have asked had you not told me already lol.

      You're right, no one has admitted to searching for porn. But then it's so readily available, perhaps no one now has to search for it, they just instinctively know where to find it!

  24. James Bassett
    November 27, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Yesterday I was googling for images illustrating various stretches. I'm doing an on-line Personal Trainer course, filling out my workout cards and had to include diagrams of the different stretches I got my clients to perform. I can't draw to save my life so Google was my friend.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:23 pm

      That's actually a really good use of Google. Did you copy the sketches by hand or print them out?

  25. Krish
    November 27, 2014 at 9:38 am

    HEVC ( H.265 / X265 ). A few days ago. HandBrake update came with this. Tried it on 4 videos. 30 percent size of the original ? HEVC is just Awesome. More articles / tips please.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:25 pm

      High Efficiency Video Coding. I hadn't actually heard of that before now. I'll pass your wish for more articles on this subject on to the team.

  26. Roger Caldwell
    November 27, 2014 at 9:37 am

    A friend sent me a link for an alleged news reporter that was fired from their job for using profanity on a live broadcast. After Googling "F#$@ Her Right in the P@$$#" I learned that it was a hoax to sell T-Shirts and advance the career of a film producer.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Oh, wow. I've just read about it on Knowyourmeme, and it's an interesting little story. I'm sure you got some other, less wholesome results from Google that phrase though.

  27. Earl
    November 27, 2014 at 3:25 am

    I typed "Crazy Christmas Tree Ideas for the office"
    I know - boring! But someone has to put the damn thing up!

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      What crazy ideas did you discover? I have one... don't have a tree at all. ;)

  28. Chinmay S
    November 27, 2014 at 2:08 am

    'Moto g lollipop India"

    That's what I searched last time. Trying to get some news about update. I am waiting eagerly for Lollipop update for my Moto G 1st Gen. In US, update has already been rolled out to Moto devices but there is no official word yet for India.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:30 pm

      Have patience, and I'm sure you'll be rewarded with the Lollipop update. Did you find any concrete information from your Google search?

  29. A Reader
    November 27, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Writing a chrome extension so the last thing I googled was "chrome extensions manifest converted_from_userscript"

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Did you find the information you were looking for?

  30. Jado
    November 27, 2014 at 1:49 am

    samsung galaxy s5 sales vs iphone 6

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:32 pm

      Ooh, what were the results? I'm guessing the iPhone 6 is doing better, certainly in the US.

    • Jado
      December 1, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      yep, That's right and got disappointed, Comparing the Technology...

  31. Chad
    November 27, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Upgrade Linux mint 17 to 17.1

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Did it help?

  32. Shirley
    November 27, 2014 at 1:42 am

    kannikko crab snack. Yeah, check that out!

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Just. I wouldn't even eat adults crabs, so baby ones presented while are definitely off the menu.

  33. grimm
    November 27, 2014 at 1:39 am

    I don't use Google anymore. I Bing it! Last thing I Binged was Agent Carter (TV series).

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      What made you switch from Google to Bing?

  34. Fernando
    November 27, 2014 at 1:32 am

    "What is GIS" (research of college)

    • Dave Parrack
      December 1, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      GIS as in Geographic Information System? What are you studying?