AOL releases 20,000,000 or so search queries by around 500,000 of its users

The shit appears to have hit the fan. I read about this on Digg and found that the blogosphere has exploded with commentary on the matter.

Techcrunch notes that the "utter stupidity of this is staggering." Elsewhere, people are calling for a boycott of AOL. Personally, I'm not the least bit surprised. I've been warning people off of AOL for years for various reasons.

Other links: Paradigm shift blog post, Will Video for Food blog post, screen capture of AOL Research site (the actual site is currently down), and, if you want to look at the data yourself, someone has set up a mirror.