What Do Your Internet Searches Say About You?


I Love Alaska – Episode 1/13 from SubmarineChannel on Vimeo.

AZM Ally Greg sent along this intimate, and somewhat painful, short film. In 2006, AOL mistakenly published a text file that included millions of “anonymous” search logs of its users. A group of Dutch filmmakers decided to make a documentary series of shorts focusing on user 711391. Entitled “I Love Alaska,” a narrator reads the search logs of 711391 while the camera takes a steady shot of the Alaskan wilderness. What emerges is a story of painful tragedy. Turns out our search logs tell quite a bit about us.

There are thirteen shorts in total. I found this opening episode to be somehow quite moving and a bit on the disturbing side. Part of me wants to see how it all turns out. Part of me feels like I’m intruding on someone’s personal tragedy.

[Via Ars Technica]