Do You Really Want to Rely On The Wisdom of Your Crowd?

It really started back when Facebook began seeding third-party sites with “Recommend” buttons, most of which were later changed to the annoyingly simple-minded “Like” button. This week’s announcement of Facebook’s partnership with Bing is another big step towards the Facebookization of everything.
In principle it’s a fine concept: When you connect Facebook with Bing, your search results will also feature occasional recommendations from your Facebook friends. If, say, you’re searching for a good Indian restaurant in town, you might see that six of your foodie friends gave India Majal a big thumbs up. Helpful info, to be sure. Kind of like using Yelp, only in this case you know for certain whether these people are idiots (instead of just assuming they are).
In other words, instead of relying on the “wisdom of the crowd,” you’ll be relying (in part at least) on the wisdom of your crowd. That’s an improvement, right?
Well, yes and no.

“Analysis: Do you really want to rely on the wisdom of your crowd by linking your searches with your Facebook friends?” From an hilarious article in PCWorld byITworld TY4NS blogger Dan Tynan. Visit his snarky humor site eSarcasm (Geek Humor Gone Wild) or follow him on Twitter:@tynan_on_tech.

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