Karen Blakeman on October 18th, 2012

I’ve been seeing what looks like a new annoying Google search “feature” for a few weeks. I have been trying to ignore it in the hope that it would go away but it hasn’t. The problem is that Google has started giving me long lists of YouTube videos for some of my queries, even though […]

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Karen Blakeman on June 11th, 2012

The slides for the workshop and presentation I gave at the 11th Southern African Online Information Meeting are now up on authorSTREAM and Slideshare. Personalisation of search: take back control   Personalisation of search: take back control – ADDENDUM Answers to some of the questions that arose during the workshop   […]

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My talk at the recent INFORUM 2012 conference held in Prague was about the issue of personalisation and the impact of our social network activities on search results. I believe that personalisation, and in particular contributions from our social and professional networks and even Google+, can present us with an alternative view of a topic […]

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Karen Blakeman on May 29th, 2012

My INFORUM 2012 presentation on “Search gets personal and social” is available on authorSTREAM at It is also available temporarily at A paper is also available on the INFORUM web site at It covers much of what I said but bear in mind it was written a few weeks beforehand and the presentation […]

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Karen Blakeman on February 22nd, 2012

On March 1st a major change to how Google uses your search and personal information will be implemented. Under the innocent sounding title “Updating our privacy policies and terms of service” ( Google announced in January that it is consolidating more than 60 privacy policies into a single main Privacy Policy. (You can preview the new […]

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Karen Blakeman on October 7th, 2011

So you thought you could escape filtering and personalisation of search results by fleeing Google and running into the arms of Bing? Afraid not. Bing has announced that it is rolling out a new personalisation feature called adaptive search. Details are on Bing’s blog Adapting Search to You ( According to Bing the “more you search, the […]

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Karen Blakeman on September 3rd, 2011

Many of us have known for a while that the search engines, and in particular Google, customise results. What you see on your screen will not necessarily be what someone else sees on theirs even with what appears to be an identical search. Location, browser, search history, your browsing behaviour and your social networks are […]

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