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How many searches will you run on my behalf?
We limit the number of searches run for you to a small number per day. We don't think it will take much to throw off simple search analysis. Moreover, the last thing we want to do is overwhelm the search engines. If you don't click on the bookmark to check your status at least once every 6 months, we'll automatically stop issuing searches on your behalf.
Can't the search engines recognize the searches are coming from you?
Maybe, but we've done a lot to make it challenging, including bouncing the queries through a bunch of different IP addresses and making sure they appear just as they would if you were actually visiting the search engine's site.
Originally posted by ArMaP
I don't understand it.
What's the point?
Lost in the Crowd is a free service to help you search the web more anonymously. As you probably know, when you use a search engine what you search for is associated with a unique identifying "cookie" stored in your browser. Because what you search for tells a lot about who you are, this creates a number of privacy concerns. These concerns were directly illustrated by the recent release of user search data by AOL.