Can Google/Youtube's filter bubble can be reset or eliminated?

I don not know how many people know what a filter bubble is, but I'll explain: A lot of websites (particularly social networks) remember the websites you visit, the stuff you see, and the stuff you like, and based on this they suggest other stuff you maybe like. Google and many other websites try to make a personlised internet. This sounds great at first. But this is a problem. For example, after I search a lot of music on one day, then try search something about elastic bands sizes, guess what? Google sees the word "band" and because of this only suggests music bands. It gets even worse when searching for opinions about news. You only get the opinions you already agree with. But I dont really do that so for me that is no problem.

Is there any way I can re-set all personlised options for a website? It is not really a problem, there are more worse things in the world. But it is just annoying. If there is a way to fix it, I want to try it. Thanks for your attention.


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thegeeke4 years ago
You can also use DNT +. (Do Not Track +) It's a free program that I have just started using. It seems to block Google and other sites from tracking you.
canucksgirl4 years ago
frollard4 years ago
Unfortunately, the internet providers putting in the aggregated user data aren't about to just give it up quickly and easily; even if you log out it uses your IP address to remember who you 'were'.

You have the right to not use those services if you don't like what they offer :(

I mean this in a good way, the trick is to come up with search terms that are unique; A lot of the 'answerers' here on ibles are good at it because we can take a random 'plain language' question and turn it into the unique keywords that a search would benefit.

A search engine you may wish to try that (says they) doesn't track your data is http://www.duckduckgo.com ymmv.

There was a fascinating TED talk on the subject of personalized internet and how it may be damaging. From it I took that google admits to using 57 criteria about a user to determine what the customized search page looks like.
**forgot to add there, that data the company holds is worth a LOT of money to them, so they are gonna use it and don't want to give it up.
verence4 years ago
+1 frollard

To send you personalized information (a.k.a. advertisement), the web server has to recognize you. This is done by storing a kind of ID for you in a cookie inside your browser. Next time you use the same server, you browser sends the cookie and the server can combine the surf actions.

So, you can:

a) delete the cookies - take care, there might be useful information stored there

b) use another browser to have a different identity

c) use the 'private' mode of your browser (in Firefox the short-cut in Ctrl-Shift-P). That will give you a temporary, new identity.