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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

What We Are Searching For

Remember the AOL search query data leak? It gives an insight into what people are looking for. The “database of intentions,” as John Battelle calls it. I’ve hacked together this little page that randomly juxtaposes actual search queries with portraits found on Google Images (I’ve grabbed 10,000 thumbnails by searching for [portrait firstname], where firstname comes from a names database, e.g. “John”). Note that I’ve stripped AOL’s data from user IDs for reasons of privacy.


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