Microsoft poked its search engine users again yesterday, to remind them that it now offers personalised results based on the opinions of friends on Facebook. Bing was given the Facebook treatment in October last year, prompting protests from Google's Matt Cutts, who argued that the company was being slipshod with users' personal …
Giving information that you want and not what you need
There's a great TED talk here: http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html
That discusses this obsession by online companies delivering you information where it may be stuff that you want but not what you actually need. Jamming social network crap into your search results will limit the information that you need even more as it will have been personalised to such a degree that the information is near on pointlessly skewed to your world-view.
Now that said, I do not trust a convicted monopolist and a company who's main business aim is selling off my personal information. Also, somehow bing manages to fail me not only on delivering information that I want but also information that I need. You've really got to give credit to MS for making a search engine that can fail consistently at searching.
Please do not assume any of the above means I trust Google either, it's merely the lesser evil of on-line companies.
Just call it the alternate reality browser.
As your outlook mostly determines what type of friends you have around, conservatives will only see Faux News reports and softy lefties only the Huffington Post; and both will believe they have mainstream opinions.
"goldmine of data that is facebook" my foot. There's probably only 50 original posts on all of FB, the rest are like/dislikes.
I guess if you gather all data including photo analysis you will learn that white people have a relatively high number of white friends & children, and that in the UK many "poppy"s have a sister called "olivia" or a brother called "jack".
I believe it was Scott Adams who observed that "You can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public".
So, by that basis, it looks like Bing will be upgrading their search results...
H.L. Mencken, actually
"No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the record for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people." Scott Adams may have done a later paraphrase though.
In related news, Wired are reporting that the wisdom of crowds decreases when they know what each other has said:
Bing to remind users Bing exists, says Bing. Bing.
/we have the facey-spaces and the mybooks! we're hip with the kids!
//everyone else said what I wanted to. Im left with bad jokes.
No like does not equal hate.
A like button is absolutely useless without the existence of a dislike button.
So now I have one more reason to not use Bing.
More rubbish from a search engine.
I swear, if a big search engine allowed me to bury results from websites that I _never_ want to see again (I'm looking at you expertsexchange.com) I'd use it like a shot.
Hmm, actually wonder if there is a FF add-in for that...
There is for chrome.
"if a big search engine allowed me to bury results from websites that I _never_ want to see again"
searchterm searchterm searchterm -expertsexchange.com
(takes me back to the old Alta Vista days: I had a standard suffix I'd add to my search terms that was about a mile long, full of "and not hotlist and not hotpage and not jumppage and not "my links"" and so on - it really helped filter out the cha[ff|ves]).
Now if only Google would support NEAR (as in '"kernel patch" near "broken serial"').
Re: searchterm searchterm searchterm -expertsexchange.com
I think the original post wanted to add in his profile the list of domains they are not interested in - so they will never show up in search without having to use search syntax everytime.
Search by committee
Because none of us is as dumb as all of us!
If I want to know...
what my friends think about something, I can ask them. Don't need no steenkin' Bing to do it for me.
You need FB and Bing to tell you that they are your friends..
It doesn't even work
It simply doesn't work and at the moment is nothing more than an advert and redirect. When you click the links to try it you get an error page. I've posted details on my blog here: http://mikerouse.com/post/5861312611/bings-social-search-doesnt-work-steps-to
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