Great Job, Internet!: Read This: A U.K. grandmother brings rare politeness to her Google searches

Ben Eckersley’s 86-year-old grandmother, May Ashworth, is currently internet famous. Not because she rapped a profanity-laced song on Vine or broke through 12 boards at once with her bare hands on YouTube or something else that British grandmothers wouldn’t normally do. Ashworth did something far more rare on the internet: She actually used the words “please” and “thank you” in her Google searches, thinking that there was some human being on the other end rather than some bloodless algorithm.

Eckersley, a 25-year-old man who lives near Manchester, England, felt that this quaint practice was charming enough to merit taking a screenshot of it and then tweeting that to the world. Little did he know the power of politeness that he was unleashing. That world-shattering tweet now has over 44K likes and 31K retweets and has even attracted the attention of Google itself. NPR’s Camila Domonoske investigated this …

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