Well it didn’t take long for the published AOL search data to get a web interface. In fact, there have been many appearing in the past 24 hrs. The following is a short list that is sure to be obsolete upon posting:
After playing with the various interfaces, it seems like everyone is taking a first-order approach to the data: searching for a specific term, a specific userid or a combo of userid and term. With this people are playing the “find the scary AOL user” game by manual review, but I expect the next iteration to match terms across searches by the same ID (not an already known, named ID — just the same ID). That’s where noteworthy patterns will become apparent.
As shared by many in TechCrunch comments, there is definitely some bad karma coming from outing specific AOL users — particularly by name. This unexpected data dump really tests one’s restraint and the balance between geeky snooping and respecting privacy.