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 6: 10/21/18

I've been holding off posting for a few days to see if a time gap had any influence on my results.


On the conservative profile, I've noticed an uptick in the amount of ads I'm receiving. For example, on the Daily Caller website, I got 2 click-through ads on one page plus some in-page ads.

However, the ads still seem to be a little all over the place. Not pictured is a cosmetics ad that disappeared too quickly for me to get a screenshot.


On Twitter, it seemed as if I had gained another follower. Again, I haven't posted any of my own content, so i don't know how or why these people are following me. I decided to investigate further.

Upon further inspection, it seemed like this account is for some young aspiring artist. This is very strange, as it doesn't seem like she follows that many people anyway, so I have no idea why she chose to follow me. Her content seems pretty apolitical, which makes this situation even more curious.



On the liberal profile, the ads also seem to be without pattern except for I'm still getting mostly ads that seem to be targeting women.


On twitter, this profile still doesn't have any followers, but unlike the conservative profile, Twitter gave me notifications pushing me to check out some tweets that I missed. All of them are from profiles I have previously engaged with.

Also, my feed is pretty much just overrun with posts from the news networks I follow. CNN, Washington Post, and The New York Times all dominate my feed. This makes it hard to see what the accounts run by individuals are saying, which typically receive more engagement.


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