Google is one of the most convenient tools on the Internet. With a simple click, you can gain access to thousands of information from various Web pages. You probably have used Google at least thrice this week for work or school. At this point, try to remember if you placed a “please” or “thank you” next to your inquiry on the search bar. Sounds a bit absurd, right? Well, this is exactly why an innocent grandma’s polite Google search is quickly going viral.
Boy Shares Grandma’s Polite Google Search on Twitter
It is no question that grandparents and technology don’t mix very well. Even the simplest devices like mobile phones or computers can cause a lot of confusion. Of course, this is not their fault as these items weren’t around yet when they were growing up!
Eighty-six-year-old May Ashworth of Britain is not exactly Internet-savvy, but that did not stop the adorable grandma from opening her laptop and sending Google a little request. All May wanted Google to do was to translate a long set of Roman numerals into regular numbers.
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Instead of merely typing in the keywords and clicking search, May included the words “please” and “thank you.” The unusually polite request was discovered by her 25-year-old grandson Ben who came to visit her one day. He quickly took a snap of his grandma’s message and uploaded the photo on Twitter. Ben’s tweet went viral, earning up to 36,000 retweets and 50,000 likes.
“I asked my nan why she used ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and it seemed she thinks that there is someone—a physical person—at Google’s headquarters who looks after the searches,” Ben told BBC. “She thought that by being polite and using her manners, the search would be quicker.”
To make the story extra special, Google took notice of Ben’s tweet and sent his grandma a sweet message:
Dearest Ben’s Nan.
Hope you’re well.
In a world of billions of Searches, yours made us smile.
Oh, and it’s 1998.
Aside from May’s sweet incident, another heartwarming story about grandparents mixing with technology happened just last year. A grandma from Oklahoma accidentally texted a stranger, thinking it was her grandson and invited him over to dinner. The mix-up was eventually cleared and the two ended up being good friends. So it might be safe to say that grandparents are the most precious people in the world!