"Frank, just stumbled on a curious happening.
I have the Google toolbar and do many searches a day for "keyword keyword" in quotes in the google toolbar search box.
It's getting a little late and I found my self typing "keyword keyword" in the address bar of my Firefox browser. I noticed it but figured I'd try it and see what happens.
I typed "turn by turn directions" in the address bar and it took me to mapquest. I thought that was odd so I tried another. That took me to search results then another which also took me to search results.
Now on the fourth time I tried "photo of my house" and was taken to komar.com.
After just a few more tries, this is what I got:
"plasma tv" goes to plasmatvbuyingguide.com
"gmc truck" goes to GMC.com
"csi tv" tv.com but "csi tv show" goes to search results
"cordless phone" goes to consumersearch.com
Give it a try. Does it happen in your browser?
If so, why?
Is this just a some setting in my browser?
These results do not seem to be top advertisers but I'm guessing they advertise with Google.
So, is this significant or is this nothing?
***FS*** Owen .. you've been Googled.. and not in the friendly happy sense like when a parent on the PTA "Google" who the other parents dropping off their kids at school are at the beginning of the school year. This is Search/Navigation shaping. Google could be shaping/limiting your view of the Internet based on your search patterns. It's not necessarily sinister or weird.. but the more you Google, the more their 100 year cookie records the way you search and shapes results to suit you. [recent comments show it's toolbar related]
It's good and bad.. Good in the sense that you are more apt to find results that suit you.. Bad in the sense that that you will never know what you're missing unless you clear cookies and reinvent yourself as a new cookieless persona to "cross out what you've become" to "start again" .
Best clear those cookies regularly. I did.. and I feel renewed .. less data is good :)