Medium Readers and Writers — the A.I. Algorithms Are Blocking You From Finding What You Want to Find
I’m pretty good at tricking A.I, and I have excellent training in Boolean search methods, and Medium’s own search function understands most Boolean-style search strings… like…
I was researching a bit for an article I’m writing about the darkest night I’ve ever seen. It’ll be under my name on my Medium homepage.
But this article is just a note to writers and readers, and anybody who says, “Well I Googled that question, and it seems that . . . ”
Because Google is your worst choice in search engines, it will tailor the answers to a question to try to please you. Google spies relentlessly on you, gives you results that themselves may track you and otherwise impede you, and also sells your data to anybody who can pay the fees.
I recommend Swisscows for searches, and by the way, another Swiss company, Protonmail for email. You don’t need to go to college again just to learn how to do Boolean searches. Don’t forget that search engines are just big computers with A.I. — you won’t alienate a search engine if you open three instances of it at once and make a search like:
That third search with the complete sentence yielded some excellent referrals to passionate articles written by people with just that experience in their childhood and adult years.
I have put entire quotes or even articles in as search terms, because you never know what might pop up, though you get fewer relevant responses the longer your search term. But it’s fun to play with it, and like I said, the search engine doesn’t care.
Use this link and don’t be afraid to experiment with search terms. Don’t forget, I did nothing fancy on Medium’s search for black, darkness, sky. The commas did the trick just fine, and I have no idea whether the commas meant “and” or “or” or what?