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Elias Kai [PersonRank 10]

Friday, October 27, 2006
13 years ago3,388 views

sneaky

Elias Kai [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I will begin using Voice search from now on. :)

Ryan [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Just got done looking at the javascript.. Neat!

I can think of some great implications for this :)

only one problem with their code... it doesn't check for words searched from toolbars, due to varrying urls.

It also seems like this is a violation of Google's TOS, to use something like this to hit them... although not many people seem to care about websites TOS anymore.

But it's still neat. i can think of a bunch of marketing implications, and a bunch of sneaky implications.

Niraj Sanghvi [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

I remembered something similar being done with CSS and Javascript, and just found the link:

weblogs.asp.net/jezell/archive ...

It figures out what sites you've visited based on what color your links are (since visited links can be styled differently). Article was via digg: digg.com/security/A_CSS_Hack_t ...

Eric Cranston [PersonRank 3]

13 years ago #

....the referring link...shows what people searched for to find you.....in fact tons of the standard "stats" that all web publishers keep could be considered invasion of privacy. (Browser version, res, return visit, referral link, blah blah) It's really just paranoia to care, this wastes my system resources, otherwise it'd fine too.

Ryan [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Eric, perhaps you misunderstand.

this doesn't just show what you searched for to find me...

it shows what you searched for.

Example. if you search for porn... on google. then 2 days later come to my website, I can see that you searched for porn on google before.

That's totally different than keeping stats based on your visit to my site. (although I don't agree it's a privacy violation.. you came to me. Same in a real store, if you come to me I can see your car, your hair color, gender, what you're wearing, even the street you took to get to me if i'm observant enough..none of that is considered an invasion of privacy) Now i'm keeping stats about your visit to OTHER sites.

example, if I wanted to bash republicans, i could see if anybody's been to the republican home page ever, and then show them different content on my webpage. It's a LOT different.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

13 years ago #

> It also seems like this is a violation of Google's TOS,
> to use something like this to hit them...

Ryan, I think it's a violation of any good rules to use this in live settings... SPI's demo is only shown to demonstrate a browser problem.

Ryan [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

yeah.. I was referring to anybody using it in practice... I wasn't totally clear.

Simon [PersonRank 0]

13 years ago #

Does not work with Safari...

TrueJournals [PersonRank 1]

13 years ago #

The problem is, it only works if the person always goes to google.com then searches. I use Opera, and anytime I want to search google I just type in "g (term)". It won't catch this because of the varying URL (but can with some simple code tweaks).

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