Filter Bubble

René Pickhardt on June 13th, 2012

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Current readers of my blog know about typology. The project which makes predictions of what you will type in next on your smartphone. This is of course pretty similar to Swiftkey. Amazing to see how xkcd took swiftkey as a topic for the current comic. More amazing is that [...]

Continue reading about Swiftkey XKCD comic: Sorry this has not happened before…

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: I am one of the web pioneers but this is about the most amazing thing that I will be witnessing on the web as long as I can remember. Tomorrow on January 18th the english version of Wikipedia will shut down for 24 hours to protest two upcoming (?) [...]

Continue reading about Wikipedia to Blackout for 24 hours to fight SOPA and PIPA – Copy of the user discussion and poll on my blog

René Pickhardt on August 16th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: The discussions about the ethics of facebook are old and everyone knows my oppinion on their ethics. But now I discovered a youtube video shared by a Google Product Manager on Google plus that Facebook will filter out your invitations to Googleplus from your friends facebook news stream. It [...]

Continue reading about Propaganda, filtering and blocking by Facebook?

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: As everyone knows in my limited freetime I am currently doing two tings: I am reading Eli Parisers book about the filterbubble. I don’t want to review it until I am done which happens hopefully somewhen soon. But it has a connection to the other thing I am doing [...]

Continue reading about Stop Facebook – Filterbubble of facebook’s news stream & wall

René Pickhardt on May 24th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Yesterday I clicked on Eli Parisers site and right away I was surprised that the AddThis plugin under the headline story offered facebook, email, twitter AND meinVZ (one of germanys biggest social networking sites) I asked a friend in the states to visit For him the plugin [...]

Continue reading about Filterbubble appeared on Eli Parisers!

René Pickhardt on May 23rd, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: So today I’ll start my research about the 57 signals Google uses to personalize search results. To verify that Google uses your Location to tailor search results was an easy score. After the experiment we can be 100% certain that your location is one of the 57 signals. Well [...]

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René Pickhardt on May 17th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: Since my blog post on Eli Pariser’s Ted talk about the filter bubble became quite popular and a lot of people seem to be interested in which 57 signals Google would use to filter search results I decided to extend the list from my article and list the signals [...]

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René Pickhardt on April 25th, 2011

Archived; click post to view. Excerpt: It is two months now of reading papers since I started my PhD program. Enough time to think about possible research topics. I am more and more interested in search, social networks in general and social news streams in particular. It is obvious that it is becoming more and [...]

Continue reading about Social news streams – a possible PhD research topic?

René Pickhardt on March 13th, 2011

Just today an interesting story came up on a German news site which goes back to Eli Pariser’s talk on TED about a thing he calls the Filter Bubble and how personalization is changing the Internet. Before commenting on his talk I want to personally thank him to use his reputation and start a discussion on such a fundamental and important topic!

Continue reading about Algorithmic Information Filter from Eli Pariser’s TED Talks


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