- 7 Oct 09, 12:39 GMT
Do you know what a web browser is? Do you know the difference between a browser and a search engine?
These aren't trick questions, but it turns out that on a random day back in June in New York's Times Square, less than 8% of people polled had any idea what a browser was.
The company doing the questioning was of course really interested in what kind of answers it would get, and was no doubt disturbed at the same time.
That company was Google, which is of course spending a small fortune and a fair amount of time developing its own web browser called Chrome.
Call it part of a back-to-basics approach, but the video certainly ensures that the viewer isn't overwhelmed with technical information. The same approach has been used in a specially site to educate users.
Google associate product marketing manager Jason Toff explained in a blog post that his reason for creating the site was that his own "unscientific study" among friends showed that they were just as confused about web browsers as the folks of New York.
"Lots of our time each day is spent online, and every page on the web is experienced through the browser. Unfortunately, most people don't realise that there are many browsers out there, which differ on features like speed, security and extensibility."
It is worth noting that Google does not steer users to any particular browser and offers up Opera, Google Chrome, Apple's Safari, Mozilla's Firefox and Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
Heaven help Google if they hit the streets to solicit answers to the question "What is Google Wave?"
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