Google Personalized Search

Various authors, Mar 29, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

George Siemens points to this new service from Google, personalized search. I'll link to some reviews as they come in. I did fill out the profile, which seems (I guess) to store as a cookie. One odd thing - you cannot select Canada or Mexico as a region: you can select any continent but North America, and North American listing are comprised of U.S. states only. Weird. Tried a search - and the 'personalize' slidebar is something else. Fascinating. But what was really odd (because I searched on 'Downes', naturally) is that when I set 'personalize' to maximum, my own web page dropped from the top of the list right off the results completely. It's like the anti-personalize or something.
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