An Internet Alphabet Book

 By Jim Williams
September 12, 2018


Know
how your search engine can guess which webpage you want just from the very first letter or two? Over time it builds up a picture of you. What does that picture look like? Here’s mine (slightly photoshopped):

The pictures are surprisingly varied from one user to another. Katherine Kowley did the same experiment and got quite a different result. Hers is illustrated with her own drawings.

 

A is for    

 Archive                 

https://archive.org
Wonder what the Democrats were doing to win elections in 2014, this site can tell you.

B is for

 Blog

https://blog.medium.com/ 
This URL surprised me. It’s because I read and publish at
medium.com.

C is for

Calendar

https://calendar.google.com/
I’d be totally lost without this - couldn’t even hold down a job.

D is for

Drive

https://drive.google.com 
Here’s where I keep personal journals and move files from one computer to another

E is for

Encyclopedia

https://en.wikipedia.org

Took me the longest time to learn to type ‘e’ instead of ‘w’ for Wikipedia.

F is for

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com

Want news instead of propaganda? Wanna share your fury? Or just make new friends?

G is for

Gift

https://www.gifts.com 

Help for the shopping impaired.

H is for

Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com
These days most of the Huffington Post articles I read come via Facebook.

I is for

International Action

http://iacenter.or

A good source for unpopular topics such as depleted uranium hazards.

J is for

Justice for Assange

https://justice4assange.com

Possibly the world’s greatest journalist, he has revealed so many shocking truths.

K is for

Keep it in the ground

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/series/keep-it-in-the-ground  OK, I cheated here. Google’s choices were of no interest.

L is for

Lawsuit

https://www.facebook.com/DNCfraudlawsuit

Search for ‘lawsuit’. The results vary from heart-wrenching to hilarious.

M is for

Mail

https://mail.google.com

My email wanderings: Outlook, Thunderbird, Network Solutions, and now Gmail.

N is for

News

https://news.google.com

I also like the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, even Fox News (!)

O is for

Our Revolution

https://ourrevolution.com

Our Revolution was founded to advance causes ordinary people care about.

P is for

Pandora

https://www.pandora.com I tried the others and they really wouldn’t do.

Q is for

Quest Diagnostics

http://www.questdiagnostics.com/home/patients.html Quest actually sends test results to my doctor, miraculous.

R is for

Rotten Tomatoes

https://www.rottentomatoes.com

The most heavily advertised movies can suck, and the critics can be incredibly biased.

S is for

Stelara

https://www.rxlist.com/stelara-drug.htm

Stelara made my psoriasis go away, which I got from too much cheese and peanut butter.

T is for

Twitter

https://twitter.com

A friend convinced me to post on twitter. Soon I had lots of followers.

U is for

Urban Dictionary

http://www.urbandictionary.com

An indispensable tool for anyone with kids.

V is for

Video

http://www.lifewithcats.tv/category/video/cute-cat-videos Yeah, I’m a cat person.

 W is for

Weather

https://weather.com/weather/5day/l/06360

This was a surprise. Where I grew up we didn’t really have weather.

X is for

Xbox

http://www.xbox.com/en-US

Well well. I don’t remember going there, but apparently, I did!

Y is for

YouTube

https://www.youtube.com

Of course.

Z is for

ZeroHedge 

http://www.zerohedge.com

A friend of mine often recommends articles from ZeroHedge.