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i have no doubt i get 'generic results' if logged out of g accounts and webhistory turned off
the fact that they've provided that special plugin for firefox/IE
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 5:00 pm (utc) on May 23, 2010]
Are you serious? You think all you need to do is turn off web history and log out and you're not getting personalized results?
I'm sorry, but you're sorely mistaken...
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There was not a 500+ post thread here about this situation because logging out of your Google account turns off personalization.
I think all you need to do is turn off web history and log out and you're not getting personalized results
any time you delete your cookies
but do you really think they stop tracking you just because they don't show you the results of the tracking?
One of the reasons I asked the question is because my results don't appear to be 'personalized' *ever* because there's no difference between logged in and logged out and cookies and no cookies so IMO it looks like they're either all personalized or they're not personalized at all, and I wonder which it is?
I cannot prove turning personalization off works, because my results are the same either way and for there to be personalization / no personalization there would have to be a change in what I see wouldn't there? If the results are always the same something is not working, IMO...
[edited by: mirrornl at 6:55 pm (utc) on May 23, 2010]
i'm not a scientist
not all google accounts give personalized results
but nothing about some accounts not being personalized and if I'm logged out how does that have anything to do with my account?
One of the reasons I asked the question is because my results don't appear to be 'personalized' *ever* because there's no difference between logged in and logged out and cookies and no cookies