No one teaches how to Google. Through years of searching the Internet, we've all just figured out a set of strategies that work. In recent conversations around the office, we've realized that not everyone searches the same way. Some people search especially for PDFs or work out from a very specific search or drill down from a general topic. But as a bunch of practicing journalists, we're a weird sample.
We're curious about how you Google, so we created a simple survey that presents you with five hypothetical scenarios in which you want to know a specific piece of information. All you have to do is read the scenarios below and tell us what the first search string you'd enter in would be.
(A special thanks to fellow Atlantic senior editor, Derek Thompson, for suggesting this idea.)
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