I am recently playing a Secret Santa game. I am giving someone gifts, yet I can’t tell people who I am giving gifts to.
The process is very similar to Googling and Wikiing. People search information through Google, yet they can’t refer it in an essay saying that they ‘Google’ it. Same as using Wikipedia, you need to cite the scource from Wiki but not Wiki itself.
Google and Wiki is becoming the media for first hand information online, they are actually ‘reaching’ the Internet users when someone need to ‘find out’ a thing. But when people found it, they wouldn’t say it’s on Google. Technically, it’s not ‘on’ Google, it’s on whatever website that is posting the information and people found it ‘through’ Google. Sometimes, Wiki is not reaching the audiences first hand, it is showing a link on Google as well. But both of them are like huge databases, offering information the way user want them to be.
Search engines and encyclopedias are doing so much help for people’s lives. What’s more, digitalisation is making them even more handy. Users gain so much benifits from Google and Wiki both formally and informally.
However, when you can’t refer information directly from Google or Wiki, the existence of Google and Wiki is almost like…nothing.