In the age of the internet, what happened to good old-fashioned manners?
Well, nothing, if you’re Ben John’s Nan.
The polite grandmother’s Google searches, in which she uses “please” and “thank you” at the end of each entry has gone viral after being tweeted by Mr John.
“I live with my boyfriend and we don’t have a dryer at our house, so I usually go over to my Nan’s to do our washing,” Mr John, from Wigan in England, told the BBC.
“While I was waiting I thought I’d go on the internet and that’s why I opened her laptop.”
Mr John’s tweet showed May Ashworth’s request for translating the Roman numeral MCMXCVIII.
Omg opened my Nan’s laptop and when she’s googled something she’s put ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. I can’t 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/hiy2tecBjU
— Ben (@Push10Ben) June 9, 2016
“I asked my Nan why she used ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and it seemed she thinks that there is someone — a physical person — at Google’s headquarters who looks after the searches,” he said.
“She thought that by being polite and using her manners, the search would be quicker.”
Her manners paid off — she did receive a reply from a physical person after all, from both Google UK’s and Google’s official Twitter accounts.
Dearest Ben’s Nan.
Hope you’re well.
In a world of billions of Searches, yours made us smile.
Oh, and it’s 1998.
— Google UK (@GoogleUK) June 15, 2016
No thanks necessary. 😊
— Google (@google) June 15, 2016
Mr John’s tweet has since been retweeted about 10,000 times and been nominated as a “favourite” by 15,000 people.
“Well today has definitely been one of the weirdest of my life,” Mr John tweeted yesterday in the wake of the viral sensation.
When asked by another user what his Nan made of it all, Mr John replied: “She’s properly over the moon! Nothing like this has ever happened to her!”