Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Now maintain Google Search History

I'm trying hard not to look like a Google evangelist here, but Google is the one making all the news. Google Labs is churning out new services at the rate of knots.

Another excellent service added to the ranks of Google. "My Search History" keeps a track of all searches made via Google. You should be able to see a "Sign-in" link on the top-right corner of Google now which allows you to log into this service.

Its usage is simple - login with your Google account at the above link to set-up your search history account. Go to the Google homepage while still logged in and use it like always. The only difference now, is that Google will keep a track of all keyword and also maintain a history of all websites visited from within Google search results.

Search histories are typically maintained as browser cache on personal machines. Having a service like this allows you to access your history from any machine anywhere - allowing you to retrieve information which you thought you had lost. I can remember innumerable instances where I struggled to find a website just because I did not recall the exact keywords I used previously in my search. Other search engines like A9 already provide this feature, and I personally think, for Google it was just overdue.

The history is maintained date-wise, and a convenient calender is part of the interface. The dates in the calender are shaded using a simple color-scheme to indentify search intensive days. It also keeps track of the number of visits to a page. In case you are signed-in and a search result shows a page you already visited, then alongside the result - you will also see the time-stamp of the last visit retrieved from your history. Of course, it also provides search to search through your history.


At April 21, 2005 4:36 AM, Anonymous Mark said...

I am sure the usual privacy infringement crap will follow soon. This does allow Google to very easily profile its users. Good service though. Thanks for the link.

At April 24, 2005 2:00 PM, Blogger vj said...

Yeah...seems like a great idea..just another python object hanging there which will be pulled and displayed ;)


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