Came across this interesting option of ‘Trends’ within my Google Search History account. I had enabled search history long back when I started working on feedee. I find it pretty useful and would recommend it to everyone who use Google extensively for their research work.
Key advantages over social bookmarking websites are:
– Its Transparent – It saves all your queries and search results clicked once activated.
– Its intelligent (At least its made to be intelligent) – There are options like ‘Interesting Items’ which is a search query or web page discovery tool based on your past queries to Google.
– Its Useful – There are so many times when you forget to bookmark a web page you found through Google. Now , there is no more disappointment.
This still is not a replacement for social bookmarking websites but very nifty utility for someone like me who instinctively presses Control+k (shortcut for Firefox search box) on his keyboard when he needs to find anything.
Here is my Trends chart:
The initial section lists Top queries, sites and clicks. Most of the picks there were pretty obvious. (I confess I do a lot of egosurfing)
Search activity section is what interested me the most. The graphs reveal my work pattern. They also justify the title of my blog stream, Coding on the late shift and off course this post title too. Looks like the eleventh hour is when I get going and pretty much sums up my life till date too.
Google Search History also has a option of ‘Interesting Items”. It suggests search queries, web pages, videos and gadgets related to your searches. I didn’t find the suggestions interesting may be the algorithm still has a bit of learning to do.
Have you signed up for Google Search History?
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