Skip to comments.Google gets personal, searches your world, not just the Web
Posted on 01/10/2012 10:59:43 AM PST by opentalk
For Google, it's personal. The Internet search giant is no longer going to roll out the same search results to everyone.
Starting Tuesday, Google will pluck only the results most relevant to you --and not just from billions of Web pages but from the personal stuff that you and your connections privately share.
The idea, says Google Fellow Amit Singhal, is that Google now searches your world, not just the Web, and serves up results that combine both for your eyes only.
"Your world was missing from search until now," he said. "We are bringing your world into search."
(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...
Well, that’s classifying you and shutting you down.
“Google now searches your world”
If I’m having to go to Google and search for something, it’s because what I’m searching for isn’t already an aspect of “my world”.
This is ominous and troubling.
# 1 - If they providing only those sites they think will “interst” you, they are compiling databanks of searched sites you had visited.
# 2 - They are limiting the arena of information you might want to review on any subject.
I use Webcrawler.
Google’s Administrator should go back to playing with Chikoo fruit.
Not Google's call. Starting Tuesday, I'll be switching my search engine to Bing.
I rarely use bing. I may have to start.
Or I may have to go to dogpile.com...
Now listen you. Stop making sense!
So, you have to clear your cookies before you search?
So this is why when I googled “Romney, Bain”, the whole page came back with pictures of topless women.
I just added webcrawler to my task bar. Thank You for the tip!
I don’t think that stops them, but I’m not an Internet whiz.
Use WebCrawler its better.
Seems like this doesn’t embrace diversity of opinion or widening one’s scope of what to consider. We already know what we know and it is the things that surprise that lead to a new pattern of understanding the bigger picture.
This is only in Google+.
Let’s say I am signed into google on FireFox
If I am using Chrome and am not signed into google on Chrome......Can I avoid this crap?
Not a bad idea. But you ought to be able to opt out and get the “generic search” when you want to.
The excuse used in loss of choice and freedom, ...we are doing this for you, for your good , or to keep you safe, blah blah blah
I already KNOW what’s going on in “my world” - I use a search engine to find out what’s happening OUTSIDE my little nook in the world. Also, it’s very interesting that they will only show results dependent upon what you and your “friends” look at?
Sounds like a form of censorship in some ways - if the majority of my friends are conservative does that mean that they won’t give me a search result on a progressive site?
SO, here’s what I’m left with — what is a viable option for TRUE in-depth search of the web? I’ve used others in the past, but don’t know how many are still around???
Have Google, but use a prohylactic like this:
” If I am using Chrome and am not signed into google on Chrome......Can I avoid this crap? “”
IIRC, Chrome is a Google product, so even if you’re not using Google as a search engine, it’s dollars to donuts that your every mouseclick is being tracked every time you use the browser..
You can. "Were also introducing a prominent new toggle on the upper right of the results page where you can see what your search results look like without personal content. With a single click, you can see an unpersonalized view of search results."
I use yahoo, bing, and then if I am still not getting the results I want...google.
They are trying to control information...wasn’t somebody talking about making sure you own things like “books,” for the future because the web wasn’t going to be the place to find information anymore?....Oh yeah...it was that crazy guy Glenn Beck....
1984 comes 25 years late.
..like Facebook, Google isn't asking users whether they want the new feature, it's just turning it on for all English-speaking users over the next few days. If you don't want the feature, you have to turn it off.
YIKES! So when I Google all I am going to get is this?
This is my world. Being on FreeRepublic.
I don’t like this at all! They always have to push a good thing too far!
"Google isn't asking users whether they want the new feature, it's just turning it on for all English-speaking users over the next few days. If you don't want the feature, you have to turn it off. "
Also, for all of you wanting to switch to Bing, they're already doing this.
Folks - they are already doing this.
Try this simple test: google a topic like Romney on YOUR computer. Look at your top 20 results. Now go to a peer on THEIR computer and google the same exact search term. It is highly likely that you will NOT see the same results.
Google has long provided matches that *IT* thinks are relevant to you.
When will they come clean my toilets? friends
dont let friends use google...altho it is getting hard to avoid
Same here, I want information, diverse information, unlimited sources, I want encyclopedias, the Library of Congress, not an ansel12 reflection and repeating of predigested material and information paths and associations.
They also have a large percentage of the Smart-phone market with Android. I am assuming this personal information is part of their data collection.
Thanks..... It is one thing to track you via a cookie but you add to this if you are signed into google for Gmail or google finance or what have you
This would screw up my searches so I would turn it off. This “innovation” slants and prejudices searches.
You do realize that google analytics is running on every single page here at Free Republic. So they even know every thing that you are reading here.
Many of us have google analytics already blocked via an add-on or two, and starting tomorrow I will be running a DD-WRT router with DNS blocking at the host file level. And the router resolves requests at OpenDNS.com which eliminates more crap. The only thing that bothers me about all this is that I will be unable to use Google strict search in locked-down mode. Bing has similar, but the Google TV device doesn’t have that option.
I use Ixquick on Firefox. Check it out.
I use Bing. Please don’t tell me Google owns it, too.
” use Bing. Please dont tell me Google owns it, too. “
I use Bing, too - Microsoft owns it, so even if they’re trying to play tracking tricks, MS is so inept that they’re bound to screw it up.... ;)
Thanks for the link!
I checked it out, and I like it, I like it!
I use Bing, too - Microsoft owns it, so even if theyre trying to play tracking tricks, MS is so inept that theyre bound to screw it up.... ;)
Imagine the spouse who goes shopping for footware and gets a page of her hubbie’s foot fetish sites. Should make for some interesting dinner conversations.