Thinks he's invading people's privacy? Well, AOL don't: it's their logs he's been browsing. "Earlier this week," explains Russell, "some people at America Online did something blindingly stupid... In a misguided attempt to reach out to the research community, AOL placed a big chunk of its customers' data online."
User 6760296, a 14 year-old, tells quite a sweet story: from "what a girlfriend should do" and "rulebook for dating" to "how to change my password on myspace" then "ways a 14 year old can earn money" and "can 14 year olds mystery shop" and, optimistically, "get paid to look at peoples myspace". We eventually find out what the job hunting is in aid of: "cheap ipods".
A long string of searches for Biblical topics from account 1347872 is twice interrupted by a little spate of searching for "breasts" and "small breasts". (The collision of God and - sometimes quite deviant - sexual themes actually seems to be a common characteristic of the search histories. Go figure.)
Oh dear. So what do you have to confess about your search habits?
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