Google responds to Grandma’s polite Internet search
86-year-old May Ashworth's old-fashioned manners impresses Google
Google receives endless amounts of searches each year, but it take good manners and politeness for Google to respond as one woman discovered.
Google personally thanked 86-year-old May Ashworth for her old-fashioned manners when she used the search engine to look for a translation of the Roman numerals MCMXCVIII.
The search came to light when Ashworth's grandson, Ben John, opened her laptop to discover his grandmother had searched: "Please translate these roman numerals mcmxcvii thank you".
John took to Twitter and wrote: "‘Omg opened my Nan's laptop and when she's googled something she's put ‘please' and ‘thank you'. I can't.' He also posted a screenshot of the search; the post has since gone viral and has been retweeted more than 15,000 times.
John asked his grandmother why she used "please" and "thank you" to which Ashworth said she thought someone at Google's headquarters looked after the searches and believed being polite would help the results come back faster.
Google UK took to Ashworth's polite search and tweeted its thanks:
"Dearest Ben's Nan. Hope you're well. In a world of billions of Searches, yours made us smile. Oh, and it's 1998. Thank YOU."
Google's official global account also shared its admiration: "Dear Grandma, No thanks necessary. Sincerely Google".
It appears manner do go a long way!