The description for the "General Reference" close reason states,
This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.
Many people interpret this to mean that all "LMGTFY" questions should be closed as general reference. They will post comments to the effect that they found the answer "without ever leaving the Google search page", as if that were some kind of ace in the hole.
I believe this is an incorrect use of this close reason. The main problem is authority: if you don't already know the answer to your question, you have no way to evaluate whether that first Google result is actually correct1. This is especially problematic with usage questions — it is very easy to get misleading or downright incorrect usage information from Google search results.
A comment on a previous question stated it pretty well:
When you google something, you usually find something quickly and easily. That's what Google does. But how do you judge the quality of what you find? Unless the search results contain a link to a general reference site, it takes some work, and perhaps some guessing, to determine which site contains the best answer.
If we send away users to play a guessing game on Google, we're not making the internet a better place. Basically, if you can't post a link to a standard reference source (and a search results page is NOT a "standard reference source") which definitively answers the question, then you shouldn't be closing the question as general reference.
Or am I way off base?
1 The sorta-exception is GAFD/T2 questions, where the first result is likely to be from the effing dictionary or thesaurus that you should have checked in the first place; but in this case you're just using the search engine as an interface to the dictionary. The reason you know you found a correct answer is not that it's right there without leaving Google, but that it comes from a "reference source designed specifically to find that type of information".
2 GAFD/T = Get A F[expletive] Dictionary/Thesaurus.