Recently a friend of mine was visiting and wanted to use my computer to check her Delta itinerary for an upcoming trip. She opened up the internet, typed in Google, and then typed Delta in the google search bar. Google then returned results that included Delta.com and 470,000,000 other search results. I asked her why she didn’t just type Delta in the address bar. She had no idea what I was talking about. So, being the smart ass that I am, I closed the browser to start from scratch, opened the browser and typed Delta.com in the address bar. With a quick tap on the enter button and an obnoxious “Tada”, we were on the Delta Air Lines site. Google is an AMAZING tool when you don’t know the name of a site or are not sure what you are looking for, but to get into your email (like yahoo.com or gmail.com) or another site you go to often and know the name of, you can skip the Google search and save yourself about a billion pop up ads and links to websites that are not really what you need. Also, google search is already integrated into most browser address bars so if you don’t put the .com at the end, it will automatically open up results in google search anyway.
For better or for worse, browsers now learn your internet habits so if you go to a website often, after a while you will only need to type the first couple of letters into the address bar and the site address will magically pop up.