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msg:3846153
 6:09 am on Feb 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

I was debugging a web app on someone else's computer today. browser open, google toolbar sitting there full of their search history...

I'm a curious person.

This one made me chuckle:

"creamy salad dressing past its due date symptoms"

Maybe it's not that funny

 

jecasc




msg:3846222
 9:29 am on Feb 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

The funniest I had once was:
"Dear god, please make my p im ples go away."

Was an online shop for skin care products.

wheel




msg:3846307
 12:09 pm on Feb 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

S## shops orlando florida. Picked it up on a friend's computer who was headed to disney world. The term's not that funny but he was sitting right beside me at the time.

vincevincevince




msg:3846335
 12:36 pm on Feb 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

Google search logs should be something psychologists and therapists are granted access to - the things they reveal might easily outdo even a productive session on the couch.

Samizdata




msg:3846367
 1:50 pm on Feb 10, 2009 (gmt 0)

search logs should be something psychologists and therapists are granted accesss to

As I recall the search terms of AOL users were famously exposed a couple of years ago.

There was even a play staged about it, named "User 927", written by Katharine Clark Gray.

Playwright Gray explains that unlike some of the other leaked search logs, User 927's queries were anything but linear and also anything but conventional. Whoever User 927 was, he, she, or they topped the charts on AOLStalker because of their often peculiar quests for knowledge. Many users rated the search log a masterpiece, putting it in the top-10 rated users out of all 650,000 subscribers.

Psychologists and therapists already have plenty of data, it seems.

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phranque




msg:3846901
 2:26 am on Feb 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

a friend of mine always has a search for his ex handy.
(has it been 10 years now?)

D_Blackwell




msg:3847590
 12:22 am on Feb 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

As I recall the search terms of AOL users were famously exposed a couple of years ago.

I got hold of a copy of that while it was in the open. Think that I dumped it in a weekend 'cleanup' at some point. Though a little scary, it was funny as could be. Users weren't identified in any way, but all of their searches were identifiable. It was like following them around inside their mind. You could almost pick out the people that you would not want to know or meet:))

Samizdata




msg:3847599
 12:31 am on Feb 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

Can you confirm that the status of "urban myth" should apply to the scurrilous rumour that the most frequent search term used by AOL subscribers was "Insert Keywords Here"?

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caribguy




msg:3847603
 12:38 am on Feb 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

searches were identifiable

Found my name there, and it didn't take me too long to guess that the person who did the search was one of my overseas friends.

I later asked her if her boyfriend had finally gotten his "prince albert" - the look on her face was priceless...

httpwebwitch




msg:3847662
 2:34 am on Feb 12, 2009 (gmt 0)

aack! OK now I totally want to get my hands on that data again. I also ditched my copy in a bout of ruthless spring cleaning.

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