Google tracking my history

I turned on Google History. I’ve gotta admit, that really freaks me out to see all my surfing behavior tracked and displayed in my face. Google knows a lot about me and if I had access to your history I’d be able to surmise a lot about you. That’s my theory, anyway. What do you think about Google History? Does it make you think differently of Google? Why?

But, thinking about all this attention data that advertisers would love to get their hands on, what’s amazing is that I’ve told the Web that we’re expecting to have a child in September and I still haven’t gotten any ads for cribs, strollers, clothing, food, cameras, or anything else yet. I’m really surprised that I haven’t gotten more emails or Twitters or comments telling me about all things parental. People at work say that that industry kicks in after you have the kid. That’s a bad move. I’m looking to buy a new camera now. A new crib now. New clothes for Maryam now. And lots of other things before we have the kid.

And wait until the advertising industry understands just what Twitterment is. If I were a marketer working at Procter and Gamble this is what I’d be studying.

86 thoughts on “Google tracking my history

  1. Mr. Barney Google, the fact you are here on this page says something about you. One could extrapolate much about you from your simple statement, the time, date, your chosen name, choice of vocabulary, and your third party, self-depicting, ancillary, lobbying effort. Google is a means to find the info (not really) but once found, one can read right through your patterns, and true intentions……. and merely listen to you tell us who you are!!

  2. Mr. Barney Google, the fact you are here on this page says something about you. One could extrapolate much about you from your simple statement, the time, date, your chosen name, choice of vocabulary, and your third party, self-depicting, ancillary, lobbying effort. Google is a means to find the info (not really) but once found, one can read right through your patterns, and true intentions……. and merely listen to you tell us who you are!!

  3. Anyone stupid enough to think that my search history tells anything legitimate about me (except that I like word games and find Google, and its codified version of public opinion, amusing) gets exactly what they deserve – gibberish.

    You can’t HIDE your real data, but you CAN bury it in bullshit.

  4. Anyone stupid enough to think that my search history tells anything legitimate about me (except that I like word games and find Google, and its codified version of public opinion, amusing) gets exactly what they deserve – gibberish.

    You can’t HIDE your real data, but you CAN bury it in bullshit.

  5. @Paul Fabretti – Google might be recording searches and it leaves us with little choice since that is the nature of their business and they have a monopoly position on search. That doesnt mean they have to collect everything else I do on the internet.

    PPC Ads? Didnt quite understand that.

  6. @Paul Fabretti – Google might be recording searches and it leaves us with little choice since that is the nature of their business and they have a monopoly position on search. That doesnt mean they have to collect everything else I do on the internet.

    PPC Ads? Didnt quite understand that.

  7. Its one thing to gather a bunch of information about individuals, quite another to act on this consolidated information individually.

    I once read an article written by a Costco executive. To paraphrase, she said “we know everything each one of our customers has ever bought and can cut the data a million ways. What do we do with it? Nothing. We call it ‘analysis paralysis’. All we do is put stuff on the shelves and see what inventory moves”.

  8. Its one thing to gather a bunch of information about individuals, quite another to act on this consolidated information individually.

    I once read an article written by a Costco executive. To paraphrase, she said “we know everything each one of our customers has ever bought and can cut the data a million ways. What do we do with it? Nothing. We call it ‘analysis paralysis’. All we do is put stuff on the shelves and see what inventory moves”.

  9. @ all those who value their privacy…do they think that Google don’t record their personal searches anyway? Where do they think the Zeitgeist comes from? Do the same people also think that PPC ads are an invasion of their browser space too?

  10. @ all those who value their privacy…do they think that Google don’t record their personal searches anyway? Where do they think the Zeitgeist comes from? Do the same people also think that PPC ads are an invasion of their browser space too?

  11. I think it is useful because I always try to get the search result i got but I always get the different one. The problem is everyone is concern about privacy, I don’t really care how google tracking my history, I just don’t want my boss to track my history haha….

  12. I think it is useful because I always try to get the search result i got but I always get the different one. The problem is everyone is concern about privacy, I don’t really care how google tracking my history, I just don’t want my boss to track my history haha….

  13. I have mixed feelings about Google Tracking. On one hand, I like the idea. Especially if I was in the middle of a search and was disrupted for one reason or another. I can go back to my history to see what variations of search I was on when. This has helped to resume my searches for various things.

    On the other hand – I am not fond of Google tracking every single thing under the sun. I am glad that I can turn it off and on as desired.

  14. I have mixed feelings about Google Tracking. On one hand, I like the idea. Especially if I was in the middle of a search and was disrupted for one reason or another. I can go back to my history to see what variations of search I was on when. This has helped to resume my searches for various things.

    On the other hand – I am not fond of Google tracking every single thing under the sun. I am glad that I can turn it off and on as desired.

  15. @Paul – What are you calling rubbish? The fact that some of us are so hypocritical about this whole deal or the analogy of Seven Eleven and Credit cards?

    What has that got to do with your comparison with good tools? I am not talking about the quality of tools that either company provides – I am talking about the philosophy of knowing something about you and putting it to commercial advantage (opt-ins not withstanding)

    Either way I value my privacy and putting it all in the hands of a corporate entity with profit motives is not for me.

    Just because it is Google doesnt mean they have a carte blanche.

  16. @Paul – What are you calling rubbish? The fact that some of us are so hypocritical about this whole deal or the analogy of Seven Eleven and Credit cards?

    What has that got to do with your comparison with good tools? I am not talking about the quality of tools that either company provides – I am talking about the philosophy of knowing something about you and putting it to commercial advantage (opt-ins not withstanding)

    Either way I value my privacy and putting it all in the hands of a corporate entity with profit motives is not for me.

    Just because it is Google doesnt mean they have a carte blanche.

  17. Why is Google the most powerful company on earth and does anyone truly understand that the browser, the OS, your records, your email, and your history are historical data that COULD be used to extrapolate your thoughts, behaviors, and short term and future behavioral patterns? However the search engine is the optimal, ubiquitous mind control mechanism without breaking the law or performing cross platform extrapolation of personal data and hirachial importance categorization. The only thing more acurate is a supercomputing center that has phone, fax, email, text messaging, home phone, cell phone, (voice to text)credit card info, all personal history, browser input, cell location on, search engine keywords, interpersaonal correlation and communication between the 10 people you contact the most, bodildy functions and their indicies, and an algorithym that knows how to crunch that data on the fly for 7B + people. After you have that then you need API’s for lack of a better adjective into influence mechanisms that can profit from or derive a specific output based upon the particular aggitator.

    On a closing note, your impressed you did not get a crib ad? Of course you didn’t. What to do with all that data? Predict terrorism, financial winfalls, …….nothing would be impossible. Simply food for thought.

    Regards,

    Rob

  18. Why is Google the most powerful company on earth and does anyone truly understand that the browser, the OS, your records, your email, and your history are historical data that COULD be used to extrapolate your thoughts, behaviors, and short term and future behavioral patterns? However the search engine is the optimal, ubiquitous mind control mechanism without breaking the law or performing cross platform extrapolation of personal data and hirachial importance categorization. The only thing more acurate is a supercomputing center that has phone, fax, email, text messaging, home phone, cell phone, (voice to text)credit card info, all personal history, browser input, cell location on, search engine keywords, interpersaonal correlation and communication between the 10 people you contact the most, bodildy functions and their indicies, and an algorithym that knows how to crunch that data on the fly for 7B + people. After you have that then you need API’s for lack of a better adjective into influence mechanisms that can profit from or derive a specific output based upon the particular aggitator.

    On a closing note, your impressed you did not get a crib ad? Of course you didn’t. What to do with all that data? Predict terrorism, financial winfalls, …….nothing would be impossible. Simply food for thought.

    Regards,

    Rob

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