Here’s something you may either like or something which may really freak you out: you can now retrace your steps with Google Maps.
Yes, you read that correctly, Google is so efficient at tracking your personal information it has created a function in Google Maps which allows you (and only you, it swears, promise, pinky-swear) to see your daily movements as plotted on Google Maps. A good navigator never knows where one is going until one gets there but now, with Google Maps, one can see where one went and how one got there.
Creepy enough for you? But wait, there’s more: the new feature will also compile the photos you took along the way – you know, as a visual reference in case the maps are not detailed enough.
“We’re gradually rolling out Your Timeline, a useful way to remember and view the places you’ve been on a given day, month or year,” Google explains in a blog post. “Your Timeline allows you to visualize your real-world routines, easily see the trips you’ve taken and get a glimpse of the places where you spend your time. And if you use Google Photos, we’ll show the photos you took when viewing a specific day, to help resurface your memories.”
Holy Hansel & Gretel, Batman!
The new feature is available only if you’ve opted in to Google’s “Store your Location” function, of course – and you may not have actually done that.
But, again, if you decide to use the new feature, Google promises on all that is digital the 411 is only available to you.
“Your Timeline is private and visible only to you; and you control the locations you choose to keep,” Google swears. “This means you can easily delete a day or your full history at any time. You can edit any place that appears in Your Timeline, including removing a specific location or giving a frequented spot a private name like — Mom’s House or My Favorite Running Spot. This spot will then appear right in Google Maps when you’re logged in.”
Delete a day? Yea, we’ve all had those.
Google photos no mas in Google+
Yea, that’s gonna end. Google announced July 22 they will take Google Photos out of Goo+ altogether, leaving it solely in the Google Photos app. It will start deleting Photos from Google+ on the Android version of the Google+ app on August 1 and shortly thereafter on the web and iOS versions.
“If you’re still using Google+ Photos, now is a great time to make the switch (to the GooPhotos app),” Google says. “You may have seen a prompt in Google+ Photos on Android with a link to download the new Google Photos. Don’t worry, all your photos and videos will still be saved and available after you switch to the new, stand-alone Google Photos app.”