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Google Adds Search History Feature

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the film-at-11 dept.

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Philipp Lenssen writes "Google has released My Search History (Beta). Login with your Google account (like your Gmail account), and a search history feature will be integrated right into the Google.com homepage. You can then retrieve pages you've previously found by either clicking on calendar dates, or by performing a full-text search. Other features are available as well."

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Paranoid here we go.. (5, Insightful)

VaultX (146268) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297216)

Here comes the paranoia that google is tracking EVERYONEs searches..just hiding the fact from those who don't sign up for this.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (3, Interesting)

Big Mark (575945) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297278)

I don't mind my privacy being violated as I'm far too lazy to actually bookmark things I want to visit again.

This is really true.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (5, Informative)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297291)

As was pointed out by someone else, they definitely are tracking everyone's searches. See http://www.google.com/jobs/britney.html [google.com] . "Each of these variations was entered by at least two different unique users within a three month period" You can't get that information without tracking searches and retaining the individual information over a three month period.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (2, Insightful)

antic (29198) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297362)


True, but now that data will be tied to less-than-anonymous accounts. The advantage for Google is that they will have broached the concept of "having an account to use a search engine" which will enable them to do more powerful things.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (5, Insightful)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297508)

Absolutely, I think the advantage to google is tremendous. They already target ads to people based on location, which they guess from the IP address. If they know exactly who you are they can target ads a lot better, for instance they can target ads for you based on what you've searched for in the past. If they get enough people logging in, then they've even found a partial solution for the problem of people clicking on the same ad over and over from different IP addresses.

There are also lots of potential advantages to the end-user. Letting you access your search history is just the beginning.

This is also extremely open to abuse if the information is kept too long and falls into the hands of the wrong people. Imagine your google searches in the hands of an oppressive government. Search for communist writings, bible quotations, or Jewish pickles, and go to jail (yes, I'm kidding about the Jewish pickles, but just think what a modern day Hitler could do with access to everyone's google searches).

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (3, Interesting)

weopenlatest (748393) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297462)

Actually, you could get those stats (although with a slight margin of error) anonymously if you based them on a one way hash of the ip (or whatever is used as a unique identifier). What you can't do is verify this with a closed system. So the real question is, do you believe the the 'do no evil' google people really respect our privacy enough to do truly anonymous logging.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (3, Insightful)

lgw (121541) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297296)

That's one of those "extra features'. The Department of Homeland Security can do text-based searches of your everyone's searches - watch for it in the next Beta version! ;)

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (5, Funny)

ShaniaTwain (197446) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297301)

Wait.. so I can search for a search that I've searched for before?!?

and perhaps others can search through the searches that I've searched? Will I be able to search their searches of my searches?

whoa. my brain just exploded.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297531)

Search me.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (2, Funny)

nileshbansal (665019) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297560)

Google will now show me relevent text ads based on my search history?

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (5, Informative)

That's Unpossible! (722232) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297302)

Google does track everyones searches already. However, if you turn this service on, they also track which links you click on in the search results.

I don't see a problem with either thing since they are up-front about what they are doing and the privacy policy is clear about how they use this information.

"Upon your first visit to Google, a cookie is sent to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser. A "cookie" is a small file containing a string of characters that is sent to your computer when you visit a website. We use cookies to improve the quality of our service and to better understand how people interact with us. Google does this by storing user preferences in cookies and by tracking user trends and patterns of how people search."

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (1)

double-oh three (688874) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297384)

Also, they let you delete stuff from your history, so if you use it for say, porn, you can delete those searches.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297446)

Also, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus thank you for believing in them. Delete. Pffff.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (1)

double-oh three (688874) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297482)

Also, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus thank you for believing in them. Delete. Pffff.

Delete so that anyone on the same computer can't see those searches in the history. I know google knows, but then again, out of millions of searches per day, I doubt they'd do much with any single user.

It looks like this program has so amount of learning ability, so as one searches more it begins to figure out what the person tends to look for. I'd rather when it's learning my profile for it to ignore the searches I know won't be part of my profile, so it has a better idea of how to rate sites for me.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297552)

You mean by using the search history pause feature you can keep Google from thinking you're gay? Google is better than Tivo?

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (5, Interesting)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297409)

However, if you turn this service on, they also track which links you click on in the search results.

They're also then able to tie all of your IP addresses together.

Upon your first visit to Google, a cookie is sent to your computer that uniquely identifies your browser.

Yes, and upon my first visit to google, I told Firefox to deny the cookie and deny any further cookies from google.com. So yes, they can track my usage between different IP addresses, but I seriously doubt they're tracking all my searches throughout my entire lifetime (it's possible, but it'd be pretty hard and without getting a subpoena from my ISP it'd probably just be a best guess).

I don't see a problem with either thing since they are up-front about what they are doing and the privacy policy is clear about how they use this information.

Well, I see a problem with it, in that I don't want to be tracked in this way. But as long as they're upfront about it I don't think they're doing anything unethical.

One thing they aren't upfront about is just how long they keep this data. If it's only a month or two, it's not so bad. But if they keep a record of every search that someone has done in her lifetime, I think that's pretty bad.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (1)

That's Unpossible! (722232) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297453)

Well, I see a problem with it, in that I don't want to be tracked in this way.

So don't enable the history service.

Oh, you meant the anonymous tracking they do with cookies? Please tell me how it harms you (assuming Google abides by their privacy policy)?

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (1)

myrdred (597891) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297322)

It is, and this is a known fact. Google changes search results (well, prioritizes over which ones show up first on the list), depending on your past searchies.

This is done with cookies, and the effect can be seen if you take a browser which has a long-standing cookie from Google on which you've searched for lots of things vs one with no cookies, and search for some terms - it won't always happen, but often you'll see different results show up on the first page of searches depending on your past ones.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297335)

Great! Now my wife will see all my Google images searches for Danni Ashe. Damn.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (0, Offtopic)

Keamos (857162) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297338)

But, ! says .

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (1)

Keamos (857162) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297365)

But, [insert randomly taken out of context TOS clause here]! [Insert randomly paranoid group here] says [insert stupid, standard "talking points" statement].

(I really need to remember to select Plain Old Text more often..)

Google uses cookies. Google sells advertisements. (1)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297401)

Who the heck didn't alredy know this?

Google uses cookies with a unique identifier.

A unique identifier allows you to you build a profile of the person(s) who are associated with that cookie.

Google sells advertisements based partially on your profile. It's called "Know your audience".

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297427)

Might as well call it a feature. They HAVE been doing it forever anyway.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (2, Informative)

draxil (198788) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297443)

Their only tracking it once you log on.

Re:Paranoid here we go.. (1)

blueadept1 (844312) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297577)

Exactly what I thought when I saw this. Does anybody think that this would be better suited as a firefox extension, so that search history could be stored locally. I mean, this is basically already done with standard history, but the advancement is more in the calendar feature.

By the way (3, Informative)

KinkifyTheNation (823618) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297219)

And before you privacy nuts start freaking out, this isn't the start of search logging, as proven here they've been doing it [google.com] for some time.

Re:By the way (2, Funny)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297306)

98 btitney spears
...
2 birtheny spears
...
2 buttney spears

Now that makes for an interesting search history.

Finally a Web portal (4, Funny)

joshdick (619079) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297226)

Hello, Web portal.

They had to do it sooner or later.

Re:Finally a Web portal (1)

oberondarksoul (723118) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297284)

And if anyone can act as a portal well, it ought to be Google. Yahoo's front page? I had to look at it for the first time in years the other day, and it is simply a mess. Google, on the other hand, keeps everything clear and well-ordered - its front page just works.

Re:Finally a Web portal (1)

game kid (805301) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297416)

Especially combined with the semi-hidden calculator and that Google Maps Satellite option. It's just *sobs as eyes widen and tear* beautiful *wipes face*.

Google's definitely not the first to do those things, but it seems easier to do said things, and then put most if not all of them at the grasp of a "command-line" as opposed to a cluttered portal (just look at that other site [yahoo.com] right now) ...right?

a9 (4, Informative)

AnonymousCowheart (646429) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297235)

Hasn't a9 [a9.com] been doing this for some time?

History Tab (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297266)

So? Internet Explorer has been keeping track of my searches for some time, too. Just one more list to clear off before the girlfriend sees it :-/

Is this search history specific to google? (0, Redundant)

Jailbrekr (73837) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297239)

It'd be nice if they eventually integrate this with IEs integrated history. Is it possible to have this level of integration centralized, so for example, if I wanted to monitor my users browsing histories I could do it?

Frist psot! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297241)

Frist psot indeed!

I forsee (1)

Exitar (809068) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297246)

many privacy related discussions in the next days...

And surely someone will find some security issue...

Re:I forsee (5, Informative)

KinkifyTheNation (823618) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297294)

Be aware that your Google search history main page contains your last search in the URL (it's a "prev" parameter). Sites you then click on may thus check their referrer logs to get to know what you were searching for previously, which is a potential privacy issue. Google has been alerted to this.
They already have!

Re:I forsee (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297390)

Privacy conscious surfers do:

1) Use Firefox

2) Set cookies to expire at end of session

3) Disable referrers (the web works without referrers, it really does)

4) Avoid fixed IP addresses (I'm serious. There are databases which link IP addresses to mail addresses. I've experienced strong correlations between spam and things I've searched and visited websites about, and I don't mean porn.)

5) Avoid logins unless absolutely required (Well, duh)

Yikes! Privacy concerns for the unwary (5, Funny)

Chairboy (88841) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297247)

I can think of quite a few searches I've run that I'd hate to be archived and cross-referenced against my name.

On the plus side, this always opens the door to hilarious new 'Paris Hilton's hacked t-mobile' type tomfoolery.

"From the i-can't-believe-its-not-butter department, Slashdot reader AnonymousCoward writes 'rofl! I haxored google history, and guess what, Linus was searching the net for patches to his Windows 2000 machine! omfgroflolololo!!!OPijsdf0+++NO CARRIER'"

Well, that, or horse porn.

Safari likes to cache searches too (3, Interesting)

EvilStein (414640) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297250)

It's annoying as hell, because it tries to auto-fill your searches. It does it at the worst times, too. I was sitting down with my g/f and was Googling for something and it was happily showing a list of things that I had searched for, giving away the fact that I was looking for restaurants to visit.

I'm just glad I wasn't Googling for "itch on my nads" or anything like that. Sheesh.

Re:Safari likes to cache searches too (4, Funny)

Hatta (162192) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297304)

I was sitting down with my g/f and was Googling for something and it was happily showing a list of things that I had searched for, giving away the fact that I was looking for restaurants to visit.

Honey, it's not what it looks like! I promise!

Re:Safari likes to cache searches too (1)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297585)

Safari likes to cache searches too

As does firefox and internet explorer. Real browsers let you empty your search cache (which safari may, I don't use a mac).

Oh no!!! (1, Redundant)

ErikTheRed (162431) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297251)

Now your boss can find out which pr0n, mp3s, movies, and other stuff you've been Googling for...

Re:Oh no!!! (1)

jakel2k (736582) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297391)

Damn... another thing I have to delete on a daily basis.

Re:Oh no!!! (3, Insightful)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297604)

No, you don't have to delete it. Just don't login. Duh.

Re:Oh no!!! (1)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297557)

Wow, your boss can crack the encryption on the SSH tunnel to your Squid server at home?

Why JavaScript? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297253)

Why on earth does this feature require JavaScript [google.com] (last item)? I've been playing with it and can't see a single feature that would require client-side scripting.

Re:Why JavaScript? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297348)

They use onmousedown on the links to save which links you've clicked on.

A very useful feature! (1)

Xeroc (877174) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297254)

This should definitely save me some headaches when I try to find a particular page, but can't find it again!

Especially when search ordering changes, and the one useful page that was #1, is now #20. Doesn't happen often, but has happened.

Can't wait to see what the next thing is that google comes out with!

Sweet! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297255)

Next step world hunger, poverty and WAR! .....

I for one welcome our new Google overlords?? ......

In Korea old people use search history? ............

Micheal Robertson said that using search history was just as safe as running in root mode. ....................

one of those otta get a mod + funny.

Re:Sweet! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297325)

Er... no. Thanks for playing. Have a nice day.

Interesting (5, Interesting)

That's Unpossible! (722232) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297257)

When this feature is enabled, Google adds an "onmousedown" event to the search result links which makes you hit their servers first, and then they redirect you to the page you requested. You might not even notice this is happening since you can't see in the status bar that the URL you are visiting is different. (And since they are not using any status bar text changing tricks to fool you, the Firefox settings to prevent people from changing the status bar text would have no effect, obviously.)

I think this feature is pretty damn cool, and I have no reason not to trust Google will adhere to their privacy policy and not abuse this information. I am sure the privacy nuts (i.e. those that like to have knee-jerk reactions to anything that even hints at privacy implications ::cough michael ::cough) ought to love this.

You can turn the tracking off easily by pressing the "pause" button in your Google History page, or by going to your google account settings and selecting "Delete History." I verified this causes the onmousedown code to disappear completely.

Not too compelling (3, Insightful)

Ars-Fartsica (166957) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297261)

Yahoo is apparently rolling out a similar type service soon...don't see much use in looking up old searches frankly. Its probably more useful for these firms to collect data for advertisers than it is for aiding in my future data retrieval.

Oh great. My history. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297265)

I really need to be reminded of those times I searched for 'teen lesbian anal sex' and the like. Probably why I turn of all history recording stuff.

Hmm... (3, Informative)

thegamerformelyknown (868463) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297267)

The question is not whether they store it or not, as that can be done in many ways. It's HOW. Think about it. If they store it in their Database, then they COULD use it. But, if they use cookies or the like, then they don't have it. Think about that before getting all freaked out about getting tracked.

Re:Hmm... (1, Informative)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297328)

Cookies are generally limited to 4K per domain. So they couldn't store very many previous searches if they used cookies.

Re:Hmm... (1)

thegamerformelyknown (868463) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297413)

true, but then again, a databse storing something like this would be massive as well.....

Re:Hmm... (1)

anthony_dipierro (543308) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297539)

Storing gobs upon gobs of data is what google does well, though. And I think you're missing the point. The limit of 4K for cookies is generally a hard limit set in the browser. It's not just a matter of buying a few more hard drives, you just can't do it.

Re:Hmm... (1)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297434)

But, if they use cookies or the like, then they don't have it

Why do you make that assumption?

If anything, a cookie makes it easier to associate an individual with an entry in the database.

Re:Hmm... (3, Informative)

poot_rootbeer (188613) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297590)

But, if they use cookies or the like, then they don't have it.

Well... they're not going to use an HTTP cookie to store your entire browsing history. No, they'll use a cookie to store a unique ID token, and use that to query their big backend database of everything that everyone has searched for.

If you activate this feature, your search history WILL be databased somewhere. It may not be easily identified as YOUR search history, but it's something to weigh if you have concerns over privacy.

I find Google as interesting as the next person... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297268)

...but isn't this the third Google story today?

Re:I find Google as interesting as the next person (1)

lars (72) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297402)

No, it's the fourth.

not my image searches, please!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297271)

No, no, no, I don't want them to show my google/images search results the next time someone sits down at the computer!!!

Google amazes me. (0)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297273)


Google amazes me. It is the only well managed technically oriented company of which I am aware.

Re:Google amazes me. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297475)

Google amazes me. It is the only company which could get away with stuff that is so rife with privacy problems as this.

Clickety Click (1)

Stanistani (808333) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297279)

*examines your search history*

*retches*

Internet appliance anyone?? (1)

pair-a-noyd (594371) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297285)

Why have a computer?
Just have a terminal that boots into the all new Google OS 1.0

Isn't that what Google is shooting for anyway?

Re:Internet appliance anyone?? (2, Interesting)

rdwald (831442) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297345)

Actually, that's what I've been doing for the past school year. My main machine's hard drive died, but all the computer labs have some brower, some IM client, and some word processor; with Gmail for email and data storage, I don't need a personal machine.

Re:Internet appliance anyone?? (1)

Red_Icculus (866366) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297359)

I for one welcome our informative stalker overlords.

Search History? (3, Funny)

Bloodlent (797259) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297298)

Attila the Hun... Thomas Edison... Hoover Dam... Aha! Jenna Jameson!

Re:Search History? (2, Funny)

jakel2k (736582) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297455)

Your search should have stopped at the hun [thehun.com] as for Thomas Edison... I'm not sure if I want to google that one.

Most used feature: (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297299)

Clear history.

"Eh, honey, you see, my friend started this band named 'hot asian sluts,' so I was looking for their Web page."

"Every day for three months??"

"Um, yes. Sometimes well into that night. (Cough.)"

Another google "innovation" (-1, Troll)

MushMouth (5650) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297303)

Once again they copy someone elses feature

Re:Another google "innovation" (2, Funny)

Keamos (857162) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297398)

To quote a recent Penny-Arcade news post:

"This next statement could sort of open up into a tangential discussion on modern game design, but suffice it to say, there are no truly original games. There can't be, at least with modern console games, and I refuse to accept "What about Katamari Damacy?!?" Bullshit, I've played enough Super Monkey Ball and Marble Madness to know better. But you need to know recent games, landmark games, the major flops, and the highly expected upcoming releases, because we all copy game design from each other, in every game, going all the way back to Pong and SpaceWar. You need to be able to say "Well, that idea seems like a whole lot of work, when I know that we could just copy the scheme from Super Virtua Soul Machine 9 to do the same thing!""

The same could be said about computers and computer applications of all sorts. Nearly everything has already been done in one way or another, but it's just being built onto and made better (or in some cases, worse. [Insert mandatory MS bashing to get +5 Funny...]) This is a great idea as long as you're not some tinfoil-hat motherfucker.

Delete the My History Option (1)

kjfitz (256432) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297330)

Google requires that you have an account (you can use your GMail account) before you can access the history. They even offer you the option of deleting the My History feature from your account. But reading the privacy statement and FAQ shows that deleting the account does not delete the data or your history. The history is still collected it just isn't available to you anymore.

Spiffy (2, Insightful)

imag0 (605684) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297331)

Ok, privacy concerns aside, that's a pretty spiffy thing to have. I've wracked my brain for old searches and old sites for technical data, bits of code, and so on and came up short a lot of the time. (who hasn't surfed to Google, typed in one letter and scrolled down the list looking for something you've typed in before?)

Hell, i've written my own browser cache downloader for Safari and Mozilla (with snazzy search engine and all the trimmings) just to keep all the places i've been to current. Remembering all the places i've been to using Google helps a lot.

Keep it lean and popup free, Google, and I will use it every day.

mod 0p (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297343)

of OpenBSD. How prospects are very

Cover your ass (1)

Bullfish (858648) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297358)

I blow away all my history, caches, etc before I shut down each and every time. I run a virus update and scan each evening while running my spyware catchers. I never give my real info on the net, I only ever give out my hotmail address except to a few friends and wouldn't you know it, my ISP mailer never gets spam, I've never had a virus hose my machine and I don't sweat too much on privacy.

In a world where the consumer's rights are constantly being eroded in favour of corporate and governmental rights, you'd best cover your ass.

Now, I will no longer use Google... (1, Insightful)

barfy (256323) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297374)

The last thing I want, is a subpoenable search history. I search for a lot of things. I honestly do not want to be accountable for the things that I might search for, whether I get results of not.

Re:Now, I will no longer use Google... (1)

Gamzarme (799219) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297467)

Can I have your Gmail account??? =)

Seriously, though. It's not like to have to use this. It's just another nice piece of code that aids the world in "organizing their information".

Re:Now, I will no longer use Google... (2, Interesting)

barfy (256323) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297622)

No it's not. It is a history of my behavior on the Internet. A behavior that because it now exists as a history that is personally identifiable to me. Means that I can now be *profiled*. Maybe because I like to look at DeCSS code, or lock smithing information, or how do you make a bomb out of fertalizer, and yeah maybe I did even search for some pr0n. Not that I did any of this, but lets say I did. I did nothing but search for information that exists.

One only needs to look at the Patriot Act if you do not believe that if this information is all neat and nicely packaged up that I would not recieve way more scrutiny in my life than I want. Sorry, I guess I use google via anonymizer, but no one asked me if I wanted them to do this. (And whose to say "opting-out" just keeps me from seeing what they are saving.

Cute (3, Interesting)

M3wThr33 (310489) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297376)

I find this funny because I've been using A9 for the longest time and it already does this. I wonder how many other features they'll borrow from A9?

I like this feature. (1)

whitetiger0990 (852580) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297380)

Slowly... you shall see... Google will rule!
but nyeeeh I've known about this before it was slashdoted... come on. You can be faster.

but really. I like this feature. I've always accidentally closed the browser after finding something and going "oh crap I needed that". This will solve that problem.

I for one will continue to embrace our Google Overlords

About time! (1)

bluephone (200451) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297389)

I wanted a feature like this in Firefox/Mozilla for searches from the URL/search bars. So if Google does it themselves, this'll be GREAT. Yes there are "privacy" issues, but if you ask for it, like I am, then you kinda know that going in.

Search History for the Search History? (2, Funny)

rsteele19 (150541) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297408)

So you can search for previous searches, but does it keep a history of your searches for previous searches? Can you search for previous searches for previous searches?

Let me be the first to say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297412)

I, for one, welcome our new robot camel-jockey overlords! [cnn.com]

actually useful (1)

whysanity (231556) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297414)

despite the paranoia that will undoubtably be associated with this, i much like the ability to go back and find not only a search result set, but also the particular link i clicked. it makes re-discovering information much easier

note to self: no more porn searches :(

Google google google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297423)

This is what, the 10th Google story of the day?!?

What if... (1)

inertia@yahoo.com (156602) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297432)

What if two different browser are behind a NAT. Is it possible for Google to attribute one broweser's search to the other? How potentally embarrasing! I'm a bad speller and find Google is way better at figuring out what I'm trying to mash into the keyboard.

People are paranoid. (3, Insightful)

natrius (642724) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297438)

If you don't want to be tracked on the Internet, there's a simple solution: don't have a static IP address and turn off cookies.

With that said, if you think this feature is a privacy issue, you should probably have your web browser history and cache disabled. I can't wait for a virus that emails the victim's history and cache to everyone in their address book. Hilarity would definitely ensue.

Re:People are paranoid. (1)

ticktockticktock (772894) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297566)

If you don't want to be tracked on the Internet, there's a simple solution: don't have a static IP address and turn off cookies.

On some cable providers, changing one's IP address is a pain in the ass since it requires changing your NIC's MAC address and rebooting the cable modem each time.

The dangers of Google and slashdot policy (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#12297442)

"Don't panic"

"They are upfront...read their privacy policy"

"They have been logging all searches for ages therefore it's ok"

Listen. Most people don't read privacy policies, so remain blissfully unaware but what they are doing when they use Google. Most people don't even think about cookies, many more don't even know or care what they are. You could argue therefore that by inference they don't value or care about their own privacy. Well, hell maybe they don't. But actually that argument alone is not good enough.

Some of us have been passionately arguing that Google is a just kind of global Carnivore type project or at least with excellent potential to be one. No one knows really what Google actually do with the data they collect; how they link it together to form individual portfolios or how they treat it, manage it, or store it. No one knows how many times they have been asked by government agencies to supply information about their users and no one knows about the integrity of Google's employees, apart from romantic fluff generated by their most avid fans.

On another note Slashdot's obsession with Google is really quite unhealthy, and concerning, and I for one have submitted several Google critical stories here only for them to be rejected, but immediately a pro Google story will appear, giving an extraordinarily one-sided view about Google. If you only read Slashdot, you would think Google are something from heaven, but if you read other sites and news sources you will know that is simply not true.

And ok that is a seperate subject, but I just wonder what this site gets out of making a news item of every single thing Google do, and yet rarely or never a critical story on Google appears. It's actually quite creepy and very noticable.

Here come the custom searches (3, Insightful)

rjelks (635588) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297461)

While the privacy issues were the first thing on my mind, something else occurs to me now. If Google is keeping track of search histories, aren't personalized searches the next step. If Google can tell what type of sites you like to use, couldn't they lean the search one way or the other?

This will drive the seo guys crazy.

Last saturday (1)

timka (706628) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297477)

is totally missing... Can it find that one? - hopefully not, at least for my wife...

slashgoogle? (3, Interesting)

diegocgteleline.es (653730) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297554)

Someone should start it. Seriously, google seems to produce new things every two days or so.

Good job google! (1)

skomes (868255) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297564)

Good one, at the same time, providing a generally useless feature, WHILE discouraging multiple gmail accounts by transforming yourself in to a portal where people don't want to change accounts.

In related news... (1)

KipCas (872321) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297568)

iWon.com usage skyrockets after adding a new feature which not only stores all past searches, but renames anything about porn to such things as "how to pop the question" and "how to be the perfect husband".

oh GOOD (1)

wcitech (798381) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297571)

oh GOOD, now I have to clear my GOOGLE history too before my wife gets on the computer. Yay!

Search History (Beta) for [my account]@gmail.com (1)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 9 years ago | (#12297623)

Welcome to My Search History!?????

I, for one, welcome our new Internet [globetechnology.com] overlords [fortune.com] .
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