According to Greg Linden, founder of Findory and search industry professional, the AOL subdivision for releasing the user search histories has folded.
Greg writes, “I am saddened by this news. It is very disappointing.”
Yes, the feeling of melancholy it creates is something akin to the sensation the your personal search history had been released on the internet with enough info that people could identify you and knock on your door.
Linden is the same fellow quoted in NYT as saying of the history release, “I don’t think there is a real privacy concern… especially in a day when we see millions of credit card numbers leaked by one group and millions of Social Security numbers released by another government agency.”
Very sad, indeed.