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[SpreadPrivacy]Measuring the "Filter Bubble": How Google is influencing what you click

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We often hear of confusion that private browsing mode enables anonymity on the web, but this finding demonstrates that Google tailors search results regardless of browsing mode. People should not be lulled into a false sense of security that so-called "incognito" mode makes them anonymous.
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I think the last time I did a "Google" search was three months ago.

There was a bit of friction moving from Google to Duck Duck Go a few years ago, but at this point either Duck Duck Go is just good enough or I generally don't care that Google does it better.
It's even a default option on iOS.
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I think the last time I did a "Google" search was three months ago.

There was a bit of friction moving from Google to Duck Duck Go a few years ago, but at this point either Duck Duck Go is just good enough or I generally don't care that Google does it better.
It's even a default option on iOS.
I've been making the move myself. I change my home PC, about a month ago, to use duckduckgo and I haven't had any gripes with it, and have been getting pretty good results.
I'm keen to start wheening myself off of google services.

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SO you would rather have search results based on popularity and not based around your profile? When i google beaglebone, i don't want to see a beagle holding a bone. Id rather see the device. Its like tailored ads. If I am going to see an advertisement, id rather see Create an account on Amazon AWS today and get 10$ credit.... and not some perfume.

I had this conversation with a co-worker the other day. The more data you accumulate the more you can do with it. Like Google sending you an email because it saw you booked a flight to another country, and notified you that your Passport will expire soon. Scary, but at the same time, your not Bob... your ID:1239147957987, and ID:1239147957987's passport is about to expire. The problem is that it can be abused. The smaller the company, the more likely it will be abused (IMO). Google knows by gps info from my phone, where i work, the hours I work, and where I live. If criminals had that information, there would probably be a lot more home theft.

So, IMO, I like these services because they provide me X. I can go to Company B to get some things and Company C for other things, but those things tend to not be as good, and at the end of the day, someone is getting that information. I trust google more than Company B.



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I moved off of google services because of all their political censorship.

In a pinch, I might use google maps because that is still heads and tails above the rest.

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Because Google uses general location after personalization, it tailors the search to the area you're in. If the people in your area are making similar searches, it guess that you want those too since you're in the area.


If you want try something creepy, try searching for music in Google Search and visit Google Play's music section. Almost everything you searched for is in the recommendations section.
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If you want try something creepy, try searching for music in Google Search and visit Google Play's music section. Almost everything you searched for is in the recommendations section.
How is that creepy? Had you ever the impression that Google wouldn't use the wealth of data accumulated on their users to better their products?

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...If I am going to see an advertisement...
Well that's your first mistake.
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I think the last time I did a "Google" search was three months ago.

There was a bit of friction moving from Google to Duck Duck Go a few years ago, but at this point either Duck Duck Go is just good enough or I generally don't care that Google does it better.
It's even a default option on iOS.
Yeah pretty rare that I'll go on google these days. Duck duck go has a slightly lower quality of search results, but good enough for 95% of searches.
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How is that creepy? Had you ever the impression that Google wouldn't use the wealth of data accumulated on their users to better their products?

How is that better? Nothing was improved, you just parroted my music searches back to me.
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