Google Starts Educating The Masses About Web Browsers

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 8, 2009
Updated • Jan 1, 2013

You might remember the survey that Google conducted in New York a while back asking random people passing by what a web browser is. It was not that surprising, at least for tech savvy users who have to carefully word their explanations whenever they do tech support, that most who were asked did not know what a web browser was. Most who were able to answer the question defined a web browser as a website or search engine.

Google decided that it was time to educate the masses about web browsers. The first step was the production of a one minute video that explains in plain English what a web browser is and what it is not. Most tech savvy users would probably call the video web browsers for dummies or something like that as it explains concepts that they are familiar with.

The video begins with the statement that the web browser is the most important software on computer systems. That's definitely a bold statement and in most cases not likely to be true depending on how you use your computer. If you are a programmer for instance, you may say that Visual Studio or another programming environment is the most important program. Writers might mention Microsoft Office and photographers Photoshop. Take a look at the rest of the video to see how they explain web browsers.

Google has also created the website What Browser which contains textual information about web browsers. Not only about Google Chrome but also Firefox, Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer. Some pages of the website contain tips that might be useful for users who came there not knowing what a web browser is while the graphs, charts and web benchmark section is probably not suited at all for a website like this. The website does offer direct links to the homepages of the five web browser developers which is probably the most useful part of it right now.


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  1. Jojo said on October 9, 2009 at 5:23 am

    Of course the web browser [according to Google] is the OMG! THE MOST IMPORTANT APPLICATION ON YOUR COMPUTER!!!! (because it lets them display those advertisements which make them a whole lot of money which further allows them to hire dorks who can even screw up describing what a web browser is).

    But what would you expect from a company that thinks their browser (Chrome) is an operating system? [roflol]

  2. Transcontinental said on October 8, 2009 at 11:42 am

    The funniest about all this is the number of users who are completely brain-washed by Google’s hyper-sophisticated psychological and sociological strategies and deployment. It’s like raping but asked nicely. I am definitely fed up with Google and I think people should start figuring out that the Web does NOT resume to Google.

    1. Martin said on October 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm

      It is obvious that they have a agenda here claiming that the web browser is the most important software on a computer system.

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