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Google now has a "Personal" tab. Controversial or Not?
Google decided to roll out a feature that was added to the search engine. This feature basically lets you track your own footprints through Google, which could get pretty creepy if you ask me lol. The feature is a personal tab within "More" when you do a search and get your results. You know the little link under the search bar to the right a little bit? If you click it you'll get a drop down menu and you can choose between a few different options, now one of them is a "personal" option which shows you what you've been doing on Google.
This feature expands on your entire Google portfolio and will dive into your Gmail, Google + or even a photo you saved to the google cloud. Now all of that will show up under your "Personal" tab if you click on it.
It's a pretty straight forward process and it will stick to the navigation menu within the SERPs until you change it. I personally like the "Images" tab because I like to look through a bunch of images I can use for blog posts or Instagram
Let's say you search for "SEOclerks.com" for instance. Any photos, videos, anything in your gmail referring to SEOclerks.com will now show up in your personal tab on Google. I thought it was a little scary when I checked it out because I saw my PayPal payments showing up on the search results, which is unnerving.
You'll need to be logged into your account in order for this stuff to show up. It won't base it on your IP address since that's not exactly "Safe". It will actually say "Only you can see these results" when you switch to the personal tab, which is a bit of a stress reliever, but my heart still raced for a little bit after I figured everything out lol.
Now Google hasn't really released any type of announcement about this new feature, so maybe they're just beta testing it in certain regions or if it's a mass launch and they just didn't see the importance of telling anyone lol. I'm not sure of how wide spread it is, the region specific idea is simply that, an idea I did notice that you can't access it through any mobile devices, which seems a bit odd, but again it's new so they may not do a mass opening until they're sure it will work well.
I would assume that the Google personal tab is a little addition on how they can data mine your information to help target you for specific advertising. It's just an idea, but wouldn't that make sense? They're getting more personal with us and the only reason for that is to make more money for the multi billion dollar corporation
Now if you think about it, this could be something that is going to pair up with Google Lens. The Lens basically is a contact lens that you will put in your eye like a normal lens and it will convert text to visual. It will go one step further by identifying animals, insects, landmarks, roads, etc. There have been sources that said you can actually look at restaurants and a menu will pop up for you to read prior to even going into the establishment There's also suppose to be something integrated within it so that you can translate foreign languages into your own so that you can read something like a menu in Cantonese It's cutting edge and some people are on edge about it because it could just be Google trying to take over, but I think it reminds me of Ghost in the Shell and I'm excited lmao.
Now that I'm done ranting about Google lens, Google personal is basically you saying you're ok with Google diving into your information such as your search patterns and your preferences. For this reason, people are complaining about the privacy issues that could arrise. Again, I think that Google is just testing everything out and may not launch for the entire world until they're ready
Google personal seems to have it's good and bad side. It's good because you can keep everything showing up on Google and you don't have to switch to a different tab. It's bad because it seems like your privacy is at risk, and that's never a good thing. The personal tab could also be something to do with Google Lens, but we won't know for sure since we can't access it just yet
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