Twitter / Balaji Sowmyanarayan
Monday, August 07, 2006
AOL Private Data Release Fiasco: Daffy Duck Did It
Top 10 Reasons why AOL Proudly released search and clickstream data
Overheared near the research.aol.com watercooler:
10) Daffy Duck Did It.
9) This is our cool new way of proving to the world that AOLer are not dumb. They *do* search all kind of intelligent things.
8) We want to reassure our users that you can do idiotic things in the Internet and still get by.
7) We want to try out this opensource thingy. Maybe this is the way to do it.
6) We want to be pro-active with DOJ.
5) There is no such thing called free lunch. We are free service from Aug 2 2006. This is our way of saying there is no free lunch.
4) We want to bring it to the notice of the world what Google, Yahoo, Microsoft can do with your data.
3) We just want to quickly show that our API is better than Amazon AWS A9, or GYM's. And we are anyway sinking, and we would love to take Google( 5% Stake holder) along.
2) We are experimenting with he Wisdom of Crowds Thingy that is so popular these days.
1) We wanted to kill Digg. That is not happening, at least let us be on the Digg's top for a while.
PS: Stay tuned for a statement by Bugs Bunny....
Update: Greg Yardley of RootsExchange a pioneer in the area of Intent Economy is going gaga with the data:
You never had privacy anyway
Get your AOL data on
A funny one at:
AOL user says "just kidding" about searching "How to kill wife" 30+ times