73% Say Personalized Search Results Is Censorship

Jun 8, 2011 • 8:37 am | comments (3) by | Filed Under Social Search Engines & Optimization

censor personalize pollAbout a month ago, I showed you all a presentation given by Eli Pariser at TED named Beware online "filter bubbles".

The argument is very convincing, and I strongly recommend you watch it, if you have not done so already.

It makes the argument that personalization on the web, which is growing and growing - is a form of censorship and we shouldn't have it in many cases.

So I ran a poll asking SEOs, who should fundamentally understand the reason and technical pieces of personalized search results, if they felt it was a form of censorship and 73% said yes, it is a form of censorship.

I asked: "Is Personalization A Form Of Censorship?"

  • 73% said Yes
  • 23% said No
  • 4% said other

I believe I was part of the 23% this time.

Forum discussion continued at WebmasterWorld.

Note: This story was written earlier this week and scheduled to be published today.

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