“Please translate these roman numerals mcmxcviii thank you.” This is how 86-Year-Old, May Ashworth, conducts a google search.
On June 9th, 2016 Ben Eckersley, May’s grandson, opened his grandmother’s laptop to find this polite request and tweeted a picture of it to his followers.
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 Eckersley (@Push10Ben) June 9, 2016
The photo has been retweeted over 23,000 times and Ben has received countless messages and replies about how sweet and thoughtful his grandmother is. The tweet became viral almost instantly and it wasn’t long before Google became aware of the story.
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
When asked why his grandmother used Google this way Ben said, “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. She thought that by being polite and using her manners, the search would be quicker.”
Finally managed to get my famous Nan to take a picture with me! pic.twitter.com/DKgEZf5SiU
— Ben Eckersley (@Push10Ben) June 15, 2016
Nan’s good manners have charmed users all over the world. It seems like “please” and “thank you” really are the magic words.