THE MISSION

The goal of this experiment is to glimpse into the seemingly mysterious and methodical ways that algorithms shape our experience online. I’m hopeful that my findings will allow me to inform others about how their own online activity is being used to feed them content.

 
 
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Day 5: 10/14/18

This process is starting to become tedious, but I'm hoping I'm being consistent enough on each profile in that I will obtain some usable results. It appears this experiment may take longer than expected.


As usual, I started with the conservative profile. I noticed that the usual websites I was visiting are starting to give me slightly more targeting ads, such as the outdoors-y one on the page below. This is a good sign since the demographic of this profile is an 30-40 year old conservative male

I also decided to be pretty blatant and go to straight to the GOP's main website. Instantly, I was hit with this popup ad for a poll rating the president, which I found interesting.

Next, I took to Twitter. I've noticed a pattern that whenever I open the site on this account, Charlie Kirk's most recent popular tweet is right at the top. I'm not sure if this is the algorithm's doing or just because it's a post which a decent amount of engagement.


I then switched to the liberal profile. I browsed the usual main sites and then went to the Democrat's main webpage. They didn't have any popup ads for me, but boy were they trying to get me to donate and vote.

After, I went to Twitter. Unlike the conservative profile, there is always a different person's tweet near the top of this feed, but Kamala Harris's tweets are always somewhere pretty high up.

I am also finding it increasingly hard to find obvious Liberal Twitter accounts to follow. Almost all of the ones that Twitter suggests to me are celebrities or athletes. I guess if Twitter categorizes them as liberal-leaning, I should take that into consideration.


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