If you donâ€™t like to broadcast where youâ€™ve been by â€œchecking inâ€ on social mediaÂ but still want to remember the places youâ€™ve visited, Google Maps can now help.
The company announced this week that it will be rolling out a new feature, â€œYour Timeline,â€ that lets users see the IRL places theyâ€™ve visited arranged by day, month, and year. The timeline will allow you to revisit the exact path you may have taken on a lazy Sunday stroll, the stops you made on a trip to Rome, or the take-out restaurant you frequent after hitting the gym.
And if you use Google Photos, the company can pair your pictures to specific days â€œto help resurface your memories.â€ That photo of exceedingly delicious Italian gelato can remind you not only when you were in Rome but where, exactly.
All of which may sound great to you if youâ€™re the kind of person who really, really wants a digital record of your weekend walking routes orÂ after-work bar hops. Itâ€™s practical, sure, but itâ€™s also potentially creepy.
This new opt-in update means that your real life movements are being tracked, continuously, on Android-powered phones, even if you donâ€™t do a search on Google Maps. As with online search history, users can delete specific data from their Timelines, or erase their full history entirely.
â€œYour Timeline is private and visible only to you,â€ Google says in a blog post. Which seems a little disingenuous, because presumably itâ€™s also visible to Google. Google already catalogs your searches and your clicks. A company built on following you onlineâ€”and targeting ads based on that dataâ€”stands to gain the more it knows about your offline travels, too.
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Article source: http://www.wired.com/2015/07/every-move-make-google-maps-will-watching/