Meryl Yourish researches a book, and all sorts of people are looking over her shoulder:
I was trying to find an Egyptian cat pendant in a museum or antiquities collection. I had to use advanced search methods and then some in order not to get results that showed cat pendants in museum stores (or not in museum stores — Google was trying desperately to get me to buy a cat pendant, it seemed).
And if not Google, then who? Amazon, that’s who:
Last night, I ordered a few things on Amazon. And in my “People who bought this would also like” list was — Egyptian cat pendants. The very same links that kept showing up in my search attempts. Clearly, Google and Amazon are trading information.
At least they didn’t get any revenue out of it — this time.
And oh, she was researching for her second book. Here’s the first.