This May Shock/Depress you…


And there I was thinking the Internet was a democratising force. I noticed this phenomenon too, and have since started carrying out a few simple tests. Sometimes it becomes very difficult to find what you’re looking for from where you are. This is why.

11 comments on “This May Shock/Depress you…”

  1. Vickie Farrar says:

    Well, that was seriously disturbing. Who would’ve thought? And it explains why some of my (what I thought were “blockhead”) friends could not find the same stories on google I was recommending with a specific keyword search. Thank you for getting this information “out there” — I for one will pass it on.

  2. FabienneT says:

    Oh wow… Might share this, this is very good – well, I mean, scary!

  3. Gretta says:

    After the recent ‘improvements’ on FB – and them being outed re their cookies…a hitherto ‘unknown bug’, my lilywhite southern ass! – I spent the best part of a week deleting everything off my wall, deleting apps, deleting various ‘friends’, saving and downloading important info(photos, notes, etc) and deleting them, too. I don’t post, comment or ‘like’ peoples posts anymore, I’ve had to unsubscribe(a ridiculous, redundant feature in itself) from some friends because I don’t want *their* friends witterings all over my newsfeed. The lack-of-privacy issue will only get worse if/when the Timeline features are rolled out. ‘Frictionless sharing’, I think Zuckerburg calls it. I think the rest of us would call it ‘fencing stolen goods’.

    As for the algorithms…a while back, I managed to convince FB that I was in Foreign Parts just to mess with their ads, which insisted I was an overweight, drink-addled, chain-smoking, incontinent old biddy whose non-existant marriage was on the rocks, who was in need of a rest home and life insurance, yet who wanted to ‘meet single men!!’. Now the adverts speak to me in Portuguese, and for all I know they could be attempting to sell me plans to make my own nuclear reactor and shares in a white slave trade franchise.

  4. Gretta says:

    BTW, shall we do a mini-experiment here? The first five results for me Googling “Bryant and May” (incl brackets) brought up:

    Wiki, entry for B&M
    Wiki again, entry for B&M factory in Melbourne, Australia
    Wiki again, entry for Bow Quarter
    Admin’s blog, and
    An link (never heard of ’em)

  5. Matt McG says:

    Wiki Entry for B&M
    Wiki for Bow Quarter
    This blog, B&M category
    The Match Girls Strike (on spartacus)
    Mark Pack mention of PCU website.

  6. Helen Martin says:

    Wiki entry for B&M (v. Christopher Fowler) and a UK company
    Wiki for the factory in Melbourne
    Bow Quarter
    Chris’ blog
    Images for Bryant & May – match books, factory, etc.
    The Matchgirls Strike

    Doesn’t vary very much but certainly some.

  7. BangBang!! says:

    Gretta – can I ask what you stil do on FB? That sounds a bit rude but I’m just interested as I’ve been thinking of paring my FB info down too. Cheers.

  8. Gretta says:

    BangBang!! – No worries. Right now I’m just using it to follow what’s going on with the things that I like. The likes of admin here, and other authors, musicians or tv shows, the radio stations I listen to, the organisations I support, etc. With the groups/people I’ve retained as friends/likes they often post things on FB that don’t show up anywhere else, and if I need to talk to people one-on-one on FB, I’ll do so by pm.

  9. BangBang!! says:

    Thanks Gretta – much appreciated!

  10. AKB says:

    What is probably more disturbing is that the same ‘algorithm’ based rules/logic are driving the money markets and thus we tumble into greed driven chaos!

  11. Helen Martin says:

    Is that how the day trader software works? Read an explanation once but since I wouldn’t dream of trying it on my own I didn’t commit it to memory.

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