December 3, 2010

Web Log = Blog. Search Log = Slog?

Web logs started as records of web surfing; a person would find something interesting and write a little blurb about it guiding others to the otherwise hidden tidbit. One of the underlying motivations (I’m not passing judgement) was to gain social standing; to demonstrate one’s interestingness by associating with the interesting items you had found.

This is all well and good, but if you really want to know what someone has been thinking about lately, few records of online activity could be more revealing than search history. Could I convince you, perhaps, that I am an interesting, well-rounded, individual by revealing what I’ve been Googling lately?

Like so?

Eh, maybe not.