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Now it’s an addiction

I’ve done a bit of reading about it and it seems that Google auto complete is, as I thought, based on the number of people who have searched for a particular term.

Bearing that in mind, what about this?



4 Responses

  1. Several great posts here today!
    Prisoner in a toothpaste factory…..?

  2. I have spent the last twelve years trying to beat Google’s algorithm Robert. Web designers need to try to get our clients’ websites to rank as high as possible in the search results. When doing so we learn about Google’s intrusions into people’s privacy and it becomes less amusing. Joe Bloggs knows little about Google or their methods. Their whole business model is based on storing as much of your personal information as possible. They do this by scraping it from all sources so that they can target you with “appropriate” advertising.

    They analyse the words you use when you search, the content of your Gmail emails, the websites you visit, what you do on your Android mobile phone and the apps that you use. The amount of information they hold on you is frightening. They could tell you things about yourself that YOU don’t even know.

    There are ways of limiting the amount of information they can access but only those who really know what they are doing can implement them. The frightening thing is that they take the information by default. If you don’t want them to have it you have to know how to get them to stop taking it … and this is legal, apparently! Google knows all of this, their business depends on it and their success in business is unprecedented.

    Lots of other companies are getting in the act now. Think about that every time you download an app and provide the suppliers with your personal information to access it. Think about it when you click a Facebook link that requires you to sign up for something that will be of no further interest to you. Think about it also when you download an app for your phone and they want all your personal details in exchange. In fact think about it every time a website asks you for personal information that they do not really need. Your habits are their bread and butter.

    (Rant over)

  3. I’ve been wondered about somebody who seems to be everywhere on the Scottish sports interweb these days – don’t the 6 Nations start tomorrow – so I started to type “Leigh Griffiths is a c” – NOW I know who he is.

    Strangely, when I did the same thing for David Cameron I got exactly the same result. Do you think the could be related?

  4. Errata: “they”.

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