Helen G // 29 July 2008
Mike On Ads has a mildly amusing toy which analyses your web browser history to estimate your gender… (Or should that be "construct your gender"?)
Mike says that the idea of this kind of analysis is far from new and he points out that Xerox actually made an application to patent the process.
Of course there are potentially not-so-nice social engineering uses for a script like this – although most webby social engineering trickery pales into insignificance if you believe even a zillionth of the rumours about the amount and type of data collected by a certain well-known search engine. And don’t even start me on the potential information disaster in waiting that is a famous social networking site…
So click over to Mike’s and have a go. Put your results in the comments here and let’s all have a bit of a smile at the foolishness, waste-of-time-ness, predictability and bah-humbug-ishness of it all…
Likelihood of you being FEMALE is 87%
Likelihood of you being MALE is 13%
Yeah baby! I’m (nearly) all woman! Rawrrr!
(Cross-posted at bird of paradox)