Filter Bubble Experiment: Googling “Stream”Posted: April 8, 2012
All of my google searches over the past years have been saved. All 10,293 of them. So, I decided to see what happens when I search for the word Stream. Stream has many definitions these days, from the watery passageway to the video content delivery system to a programming data structure. I wanted to see how the filter bubble affected my search results. So here are the first ten results I got:
- www.stream.com/ – A call center organization. No clue why this would be first, other than the URL.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stream – Wikipedia’s page on the waterway stream.
- www.streamenergy.net/wp/ – Public energy company for the Southwest. Completely irrelevant to me.
- http://www.ustream.tv/ – Streaming media site.
- http://www.cs.virginia.edu/stream/ – Memory testing benchmark.
- store.steampowered.com/ – Gaming store. More relevant than the above five…
- msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.io.stream.aspx – Documentation for a built-in for the CLR. Not a platform I use, but hey, it’s one of the first things I would think of when I think of stream.
- stream.wpp.com/ – An initiative or something…their description is vague.
- http://www.justin.tv/ – Another media streaming site.
- music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner – Another media streaming site.
Of these results, only two of them have any relevancy to me, and one of them is a typo of stream. If I’m living in a filter bubble, the filter is not doing a good job keeping irrelevant stuff out, like businesses that I don’t care about.