Posted on April 21, 2006 at 12:47 AM
Just about one year ago today, the Google personalized homepage started recording your Google search history while you were logged into their site. For some that might be a scary proposition but for this blog, eh, not so much. Here at JoeSchmidt.com we throw caution to the wind, I figure they've got enough data on me now between this blog, my gmail account, and Google Calendar why not throw a few more megabytes of data onto the pile.
Though I have to say, the Search History is a nice feature. Not only does it record what search terms you queried but it also keeps track of the links you clicked on (if any) in the results for each query. And of course it wouldn't be Google unless they made your entire history searchable, which makes it easy to go back in time to search for something from the past.
So, how much did I Google in one year's time?
6357 Google search queries in one year.
Yeah that's right. I used Google Six Thousand Three Hundred and Fifty Seven times last year. And that doesn't even account for the times I used Google while searching on someone else's computer or if I wasn't logged in to my Google homepage. So it's probably safe to say the actual number could be pushing close to 7000.
Let me break it down for you a little more.
That's an average of 17.4 unique searches a day. Every day. For an entire year.
If I had a nickel for every time I used Google last year I'd have $317.85. (not even enough money to buy one share of GOOG)
And to make matters worse, they give you a month-to-month graphical break down of how much you searched each day. So you can visually see how much time you wasted.
Hold on, there's more. They also give you Trends, which lists your top repeat search queries. Also, they provide a bar graph which shows the number of Google searches you performed by month, or by each hour of the day.
Who the hell uses Google at 4am? Apparently this blog does.
Well I guess it's that time. Let me stand up here and clear my throat.
*ahem* ... *cough*... *cough*
Is this thing on?
Uhh, Hi. My name is Joe. And I'm a Googleholic.
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How to enable or disable your Google Personalized Search History
A lot of people in the comments wondered how to enable/disable the search history. I've included the following instructions.
If you don't see the link to view your search history in the upper right hand corner of your Google Personalized Homepage, then you need to enable it. Go to www.google.com/searchhistory and login to your Google account. Once you do the search history will be enabled.
If you have the personalized search history enabled and you wish to disable it, then go to your Google accounts page and login to your Google account. On the left, click Delete Personalized Search under Delete Account. You should then see a window like this:
Now, enter your password, click the check box, and then hit the "Remove Personalized Search" button.
For more information, please refer to the Google Personalized Search FAQ.