MrSavage - 7:58 am on Nov 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
Personalized search means a watered down, bland, predictable and boring end result. It says to me that it's an admission that the algo method is unable to do the job and that you get the keys (and your friends) to decide which sites are good enough to show up on your "personalized" Google search results. The onus is on you, me and your circle. The onus isn't on Google. Your results suck? Get new friends or tell them that their taste in art sucks. It's like judging a best food. The more influence other people have on what you see, the more clone like you and I become. Well I say F off friends on mine. I don't give a S what sites you like. I like what I like. I used Google to find good and unique sites.
It's becoming quite clear to me. Public education is needed. I'm sure the general public will eventually understand that what product they used for the past 5+ years is going in an opposite direction. Those search results are becoming less and less of what people wanted. It will take time. Google wasn't built on personalization. They were built on being smart and finding good sites. Not popular sites. Any idiot can do that.
As far as I'm concerned, the more my friend can influence what I see on page one, the more I believe that this is becoming nothing more than a virus.