Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Nov 2012 12:28 UTC
Google "Google's quest to guess what we want before we want it has produced an unusual side effect: a disparity in the results the company presents about the presidential candidates. A Wall Street Journal examination found that the search engine often customizes the results of people who have recently searched for 'Obama' - but not those who have recently searched for 'Romney'." A confirmation bias' wet dream, this. The confirmation bias is already one of the root psychological causes of much of the problems in the world as it is - we really shouldn't have technology companies make it worse. Technology - and more specifically, the internet - should fight this bias, not affirm it.
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by Beta on Mon 5th Nov 2012 13:43 UTC
Beta
Member since:
2005-07-06

Could it be that Romney fans don’t Google about gay marriage or Iran?

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Yehppael Member since:
2012-08-01

Obama fans had 4 years to google things, and for Google to make it's patterns solid.

What people don't understand about tracking, is that even if you switch to a private session, your IP remains the same.

Edited 2012-11-05 14:05 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

But, in most cases you don't have a unique ip address assigned to your computer. In my house, company, cafe, we NAT.

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kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Could it be that Romney fans don’t Google about gay marriage or Iran?


Maybe not in those specific terms. Romney fans are probably searching for:

1) "A group of moustachioed men who hate America and want to destroy the American way of life with their weird clothing and suspicious behaviour", and
2) "An Islamic dictatorship"

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