Why this polite grandmother’s Google search went viral

Grandmother May Ashworth’s (85) polite Google searches went viral after her grandson,Bejanmin John thought it would be funny to put them on Twitter.

May always begins her Google searches with “please”, and finishes them with “thank you”.

The feel-good post, which was shared on Twitter on 9 June, has already passed 7,166 re-tweets and over 10,000 likes at the time of writing.

This prompted the story to also make its way to the mainstream press outlets, with sites including AOL and The Huffington Post covering the story.

You can check out the original tweet for yourself below:

How do you feel about viral stories like this that seem to gather so much attention? Is there any harm in major international publications covering them as “news”? Let us know in the comments below and in our forums.


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  • SolarSon

    Over to you Google. If someone asks a question with please and thank you, you need to start the results with “you are very welcome”

  • Wurnman

    correct and have a nice day… inspite of yourself LOL

  • Doug Isherwood

    Obviously this Lady is from the days when “manners maketh men and ladies”, unfortunately a thing that has largely been lost too much of our current generation.

  • William

    Nothing wrong with “Please” and “Thank You”. And technology should recognize it. Only reason why this went viral is that “We” forgot that politeness goes a long way.

  • Jaco Liebenberg

    Why can viral stories like this not be regarded as news? News doesn’t always have to be about death & destruction. And the fact that it went viral, makes it news.

  • Space Chief

    Who calls their grandmother “Nan” these days……

  • Space Chief

    It’s sad that people prefer stories about kittens, some boy singer’s monkey and this type of rubbish to actual stuff which they should care about to be able to influence, such as for example, should their country be involved in wars overseas, should they be signing certain agreements or not, and so on. In democracies where people can influence law makers it’s sad that people choose to spend their free time commenting and following silly ad generating stories like these instead of trying to understand politics and the BS politicians tell them.

  • People in Britain, Ireland, United States, Australia, New Zealand and, particularly in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, apparently.

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