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My circadian rhythm, as seen by Google

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For the last 5 years I have consciously had the “track search requests” feature in Google enabled when I was logged in. I use my Google account for all search requests except for those I don’t want tracked. Apart from some interesting statistics on the search terms I have most often used during the last 5 years (my own name is among them – yes, I’m that vain), Google’s ad profile is very interesting. From my searches, it has correctly deduced most of my various hobbies and other interests, down to specific music styles. It still lacks a few, but those it did find are all correct.

Interestingly, the data (roughly 27k requests) over the last 6 years also does a very good job of showing my circadian rhythm when graphed:

Combined with the location data from my Android phone, logins and Youtube views, this gives Google a pretty clear idea of what I’ve been up to. I’m considering clearing it all before the big privacy policy change in March.

Written by aristillus

February 10, 2012 at 23:54

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