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Google Launches Personal History Feature

Monty Solomon (
Wed, 20 Apr 2005 23:26:14 -0400


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Inc. is experimenting with a new feature
that enables the users of its online search engine to see all of their
past search requests and results, creating a computer peephole that
could prove as embarrassing as it is helpful.

Activating Google's "My Search History" service, unveiled Wednesday
afternoon at , requires users to create a
personal login with a password. Users of Google's e-mail, discussion
groups and answer services can simply use their existing log-ins.

The service allows users to decide if they want Google to
automatically recognize them without having to log in each time they
use the same computer. Those who prefer to log in on each visit can
use a link that will appear in the right-hand corner of Google's home

Whenever a user is logged in, Google will provide a detailed look at
all their past search activity. The service also includes a "pause"
feature that prevents it from being displayed in the index.

Users will be able to pinpoint a search conducted on a particular day,
using a calendar that's displayed on the history page. The service
sometimes will point out a past search result related to a new search


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