What is a Filter Bubble?
“We also use this information to offer you tailored content – like giving you more relevant search results and ads.”
“Our automated systems analyze your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customized search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection.”
And that, my friend, is a Filter Bubble.
We not only get targeted ads following us around the internet, but, when we google something, the search results are customised to show us what Google thinks we want to see.
Breaking out of the bubble
You don’t have to stay trapped in Google’s or Bing’s bubble. Here are two alternative sites you can use for your searches.
DuckDuckGo search engine
DuckDuckGo is my default search engine. It doesn’t store your search history, doesn’t track you around the internet, and provides good search results.
A silly name but a good search engine.
StartPage by ixquick
StartPage bills itself as “the world’s most private search engine”.
It uses Google for searching but Google doesn’t know the query came from you. So the results aren’t customised.
StartPage also gives you the option of opening search results by proxy. This means that any web site you visit will not know who (or where) you are. And they will not be able to write cookies to your computer.
Here’s a link to a slideshow on the Filter Bubble.
Don’t let the Filter Bubble dull your curiosity.