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Re: How does twitter / facebook's search know searches i made from....

Posted 24 March 2011 - 12:56 PM

Yeah, but to use the data in your own javascript box you have to "see it" and "know" it, right? What google does on their page is not the same as the "auto suggestion" from the browser application itself. That is just a lot of math and analyticc occurring at once against a fairly typical word selection.

You are wrong - that information *IS* sensitive. If third party plugins or sites could just root through your cache then think of the advertising field day that would occur. Each and every search you have done they can market to. Not to mention that is a horrible fallacy.
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:05 PM

suppose you have a point with that. Would be nice to have some spam of interest though rather than offering me Viagra and penis enlargement!

So in conclusion there isn't a lot i can do to make my search area "smarter". just place every word in the dictionary in the script i guess?
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:07 PM

Who says that spam wasn't finding you intentionally by your search terms? ;)

Well that or find some optimized lists of common search terms. Hell start logging all terms used to search your site and build it from that, dynamically, on the fly.
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:17 PM

Haha cheeky!

Yer may just do that i think, time to open up DW i guess :)

still shocked google don't provide an api that does this though, they have one for just about everything else!

Can you chuck free scripts up onto this site? May put the search box & script on here once i have added to it. Save anyone else having this issue, sure i'm not the only idiot to question this.
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:27 PM

Sure - there is either a snippet or tutorial section. Submit to either. Get kudos... win!
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:44 PM

Probably just be a snippet, not really got the time to type it into a tutorial.

What's Kudos? Sorry, noob to this website.
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 01:51 PM

kudos are the points you get for submitting tutorials and snippets (and having them approved). They are like currency of helpfulness.
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 05:41 PM

Is that how you get the tags under your avatar?
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 05:45 PM

I think I saw this mentioned, but just to confirm... The reason your searches show up in the auto-fill/auto-suggest on multiple sites, are the fields are named the same.

A form called "search" on 1 site, will populate what you've typed in the same field on another site with the same field named "search". Same goes for things like "first_name", "address", etc.
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