Who does Google know that you know?


31 Responses to “Who does Google know that you know?”

  1. Galadriel says:

    Gosh, I feel so lonely. The Google overmind doesn’t think I have any friends.

  2. giax says:

    It can find 3 people linked ‘to me’: my husband (amazing…) and two friends I haven’t seen in over 6 years.

    Linkedin does a bit better job (300+ more).
    Facebook would do a better job too but I don’t like bots.

  3. edthehippie says:

    ok , i am a bit of a hermit , i have no friends – - – and , circular references are not the same as true recursion – - and , soylent google prolly tastes a lot like soylent alta vista , only fresher and with more parsley and a hint of cilantro

  4. edgore says:

    Given that I have a personal blog and reveal tons of personal info all the time on all sorts of sites, I am surprised that Google only links me to two people, which is not even close to everyone on my Google chat contacts list. I’m not worried the know too much, I am concerned they are not doing as much as they could!

  5. b-c-e says:

    Meh, not too bad. The only person that showed up is my sister…

  6. Joerg Kurt Wegner says:

    Wow, can I please export this? Is there an API or an automatic FOAF export?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Only 6 real friends and none of them have a Google profile. None of my picasa or youtube friends are on the list, since I’ve de-linked them. I’m cool with it.

  8. robcat2075 says:

    I get “Your social circle as determined by Google is currently a blank slate.”

  9. Anonymous says:

    Feels like Google is some sort of creepy stalker.

  10. a_user says:

    As it should be, the link just asks me to make a profile.

    Given that it wouldn’t be the first time an online company initially states it isn’t doing anything with the data it gleans to then start trying to sell data for revenue, I’ve kept well away from google aps.

  11. Brother Che says:

    Had any of you used Google Sets a few years back (like 2004 or so)? It was simpler in its source of data and rather powerful.

    It creates general sets of information based on info you put in. For instance, “Albert Einstein, Michael Faraday, Isaac Newton” would return a set including something like “Robert Oppenheimer, Nikola Tesla, Stephen Hawking”.

    However, this also worked for current people like you and me. I submitted a few friends’ names, and it came back with a whole list of people, some I didn’t know but a lot I did! It seemed to be able take info from some google database or search system and distinguish not only the parts of speech and tense, but also proper names! And I could tell those names weren’t just from a single source page, so it had to have gathered the info

    But that Labs project has since been dumbed down.

  12. hungryjoe says:

    Google knows too much. Especially for a company in league with the CIA.

    Do no harm, is it?

    • Yano says:

      They’re not “in league” with them they invested in the same future predicting company among other players.

      And it’s “Don’t do evil”

      • Anonymous says:

        A lot of ex-NSA spooks work at Google. They know a lot about search algorithms. Presumably, some of them are not as EX spook as they claim.

  13. Patrick Dodds says:

    I don’t understand why more people don’t use their real names, aside of course from when repetition means they have to add a number or symbol or whatever. I do so in an attempt to ensure that I don’t hide behind anonymity and therefore maybe post nasty or plain insulting comments. One day, when my identity has been stolen and traduced, that understanding will come but until then I shall continue as I have always done (well, since perhaps year two of my regular internet usage).

  14. franko says:

    i can’t decide if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that i only get one person on the list when i click that link.

    • TechnoBach says:

      Same here. Having only one name makes the app look lame. But I think it’s a good thing that I have more real friends than I have Google “friends”

  15. Anonymous says:

    I don’t even know the people appearing on “my list” myself.

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is what should appear there:
    “Your social circle as determined by Google is currently a blank slate.”

    Happy 1984!

  17. Anonymous says:

    All good. I’m cool with Google. The rest of you, may want to negotiate your contracts.

  18. Yano says:

    It’s not like it’s a sinister feature that they are keeping secret, it’s part of social search and it’s quite useful:



  19. Anonymous says:

    “Your social circle as determined by Google is currently a blank slate.”

    Google doesn’t know about me and that’s okay with me. xD

  20. Jack says:

    “Your social circle as determined by Google is currently a blank slate.”

    YES! I am a blank! Jack Blank!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Wait, Google knows I know many more people than 5 listed by that app right? I mean, how do my contacts work? Are my contacts stored in my browser? I am so confused now. Wait, did my contacts get deleted by that link you posted?

  22. Anonymous says:

    It gets worse than that, turns out Google knows you know everyone in your contact list. Follow this link for proof:


    crazy huh!?!

  23. chrnoble says:

    Google lists the four people I’ve used Gmail chat with. If that’s an evil conspiracy, they’ve hired the wrong spooks.

  24. Anonymous says:

    All your information are belong to us.

  25. pidg says:

    It only has one person for me, and it’s my mother. Kinda sad.

  26. bob d says:

    Now that’s strange… besides seven names under chat contacts, I have nothing, and one of the chat contacts is a name I’ve never even seen before. How does that happen?

  27. Orchestra Spy says:

    This is nothing new, this is expected. To see my link was interesting though. It left much to my imagination, plenty of people there I know little about anyhow. So let them Spy, its the loose lips that sink the ships :D

  28. edthehippie says:

    if you google me as “edthehippie” ( all one word ) , almost half of the listings are links to my boingboing posts , the other half are mainly links to my daz studio renderings . does that make this posting formally recursive or just de-facto ? what does soylent google taste like anyway ??

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