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Google Search History Becomes Web History

Not content to rename one service this week, Google’s done another, but this one gets new features that make the name change make sense. Google Search History is now called Google Web History. With it, comes a new feature that keeps track of every web page you’ve ever visited, ever ever ever. If you have the Google Toolbar installed and the PageRank feature on, Google will keep track of all web pages you visit, enabling you to go back and visit everything and track everything.

It’s long been conspiracy theorized that, thanks to the PageRank feature on the toolbar, which tells you the PageRank value of every page you visit, Google could keep track of every site you go to. Now, thanks to Web History, that is actually true, but you have to specifically enable it in several ways, all of which Danny Sullivan explains. And yes, you can temporarily pause recording of your history.

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Official Google Blog

April 20th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | History, Search, General | 2 comments



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  1. […] Nathan Weinberg at Inside Google makes this odd statement: It’s long been conspiracy theorized that, thanks to the PageRank feature on the toolbar, which tells you the PageRank value of every page you visit, Google could keep track of every site you go to. Now, thanks to Web History, that is actually true […]

    Pingback by michaelzimmer.org » Archives » Google Web History: Not the Realm of Conspiracy Theorists | April 22, 2007

  2. The ability to track Web activity via the PageRank/Toolbar function is not the realm of “conspiracy theories” - see http://michaelzimmer.org/2007/04/22/google-web-history-not-the-realm-of-conspiracy-theorists/

    Comment by Michael Zimmer | April 22, 2007

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