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Without Google: Day 1

[Original German Blog Post]

Yesterday I made my mind to abandon all search engines for some time; I now don’t want to hesitate to tell you how my use of the Internet is changed by that.

The most important means to get to valuable information are my networks, Twitter at first. I would not want to get lost in a trivial eulogy on the great Web 2.0. However, I feel very self confident to get into all the paths on the Internet that I would really want to follow, rolled out for me by my peer-group’s posts.

For the first time I bothered to inspect in detail which links would be recommended to me in my Twitter-timeline. Until now I had presumed that I would have clicked more or less at random on the one link or the other. To get a more objective picture I now archived every link that I would see as worth following, in a list.

After looking what links I added came the surprise: I had in deed looked on about half of the Links from my timeline! Hardly was there any Spam. In fact, behind almost all the articles lying behind the links were worth reading, or at least I would find pictures that I would find funny. This efficiency in supplying content I find noteworthy.

Here is the list of links, that I would have judged relevant to follow yesterday evening:[tt_news]=37052&tx_ttnews[backPid]=7&cHash=e9be54c676

… and tomorrow it will go on. Also I am looking forward on the parallel report of @dasrhizom!

The other posts of my experiment “Without Google”:

By Joerg Blumtritt

Joerg Blumtritt (*1970) is data scientist and blogger. He co-founded the companies Datarella and BAYDUINO, based in Munich, Germany, and Baltic Data Science in Gdansk, Poland. Datarella develops data-driven products for the Internet of Things, BDS delivers data-science-as-a-service, BAYDUINO builds open source hardware.

Before that, Joerg had worked for media companies in Europe and the US. Having graduated in statistics and political sciences with a thesis on machine learning, Joerg started as a researcher in behavioral sciences, focused on nonverbal communication.

As political activist and researcher, Joerg works on projects regarding future democratic participation and open source IoT. He is co-author of the Slow Media Manifesto and blogs about media and art at, about data and the future of social research at, and about the IoT at