Whilst I am upset about what Google says about my blog with their displayed Toolbar PageRank, and am even considering liquidating my site on Google Toolbar Buttons because of their poor technical support and response to feedback, this is totally unrelated.
You might think there is some element of bias, but what I just discovered is highly disturbing, and the thought of a family member seeing the same, maybe a child when they clicked a button on the “do no evil” toolbar, is just too great a risk.
Google Personalized Recommendations
Some time ago I wrote about Google’s personalized recommendations button, affectionately known as Google Dice or as I referred to it Google Crap(s).
At that time the results were fairly poor compared to StumbleUpon, but it has supposedly now gained 5 months worth of search history on which to base its selections.
Having not clicked the button in over 5 months, today I decided to give it another click, just as a parting gesture to a Google Toolbar that I have had installed for as long as I have had this PC.
I already intended to remove it, but was giving it a “fond goodbye” ceremony.
I clicked the button 3 times – the first 2 results were reasonably on topic, the 3rd had absolutely no relevance to my prior search history, and my wife uses Internet Explorer which isn’t installed with the Google Toolbar, and is never used to log into my Google Account.
The following picture I regard as not safe for family viewing, is quite morbid in a sick humor kind of way, though it might be regarded as safe for work.
The picture features a small dog staring at a covered object, with a police car in the background. The dog is staring at the covered object as if underneath was it’s favorite toy that got stuck, like under a sofa.
The second picture underneath the first depicts the same dog curled up slightly next to the covered object, or possibly scratching in a slightly curled up manner.
The object however isn’t now fully covered up, and appears to be a corpse with the hand sticking out from under the cover.
Here is a link to the picture, it is nofollowed
It Is Not Based Upon My Search History
I have actually just taken screenshots, and the history is probably on my HDD somewhere if I need proof. I am almost always logged into Google when I am searching, unless I am testing something.
Glancing at the drop down list available from the personal results button, I can see that maybe only 10% of the content I would look on as being relevant to anything I have searched for in the past, and none of it is relevant to my IP address.
How To Uninstall Google Toolbar In Firefox
Go to Add-ons in the top menu
Remove The Google Toolbar
I assure you I am not overly sensitive to this kind of picture, I can even appreciate that some people might find it funny, and I have seen plenty of really gross stuff, but the Google Toolbar is one part of Google’s empire that have not only become irrelevant, but also unsafe for family consumption.