Thursday, September 21, 2006

The AOL search data issue...

About the AOL search data we discussed in class... it took me five minutes of browsing here and there, and the whole dataset (about 439MB) is now in my hands. Indeed, on the Net you cannot undo what has been done. I'm not going to post any addresses here, but if someone in the class really needs it to research and is not that familiar with googling around, I can send him/her an email.
Another thing I noticed is that AOL was powered by Google. So it was not only the same kind of data, but exactly that data that Google refused to hand over to the government (at least in the States). Seems like even for Google, data that has been spread could not be undone.


At 5:42 PM, Blogger Ricky Q. said...

I think that AOL is only powered by Google's search technology (just like Wisconsin's search is) and not affiliated directly with Google's site. So the data is different. Interesting situation none-the-less.


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