I'd like to know how Eurekster has burned you b4. I'd appreciate a pointer to the other threads too.
Privacy on Eurekster.
Because eurekster makes something that was once private (more aptly, shared with a search engine company only), the issue of privacy is automatically raised. The first complaint from bloggers about eurekster is privacy. However, I believe that most of the people that quickly complain, are alarmists that have not spent enough time using it to actually see how Eurekster protects the privacy of its users.
Although, I believe the balance between protecting my privacy and the value of personalization is something we still have to determine, full disclosure by companies about privacy related issues is imperative. I believe Eurekster is very good about this.
I personally think that Eurekster has taken many precautions to protect privacy. Some of these are:
Registration is required before any searches are stored and presented to your network.
Eurekster does not reveal which terms were searched nor which sites were visited by which individual. It only shows the search terms in aggregate.
When contacting someone via Eurekster regarding a new search term, the email is blind. The only way that someone will know whether I was the one that searched for "paris hilton video", is if they email me to talk about it and then, I respond. They don't know it was me until I respond.
The check box enables people to do a "private" search; it doesn't save that you searched for that nor present it to your network.
From an email from a Eurekster developer:
Taken directly from the eurekster site, in addition to the above safeguards, they also stress:
You have total control over who is in your direct network of contacts
We never send unsolicited email
At any time you can totally unsubscribe and you will not be contacted again
Our whole service depends on us protecting your privacy
You can remove a search you have performed or a site you have visited from the recent searches by following the directions above. "
In addition to all of the above, you are not providing Eurekster with anything that you aren't providing google or any other engine when you perform a search.