Published on 2015-12-21 by John Collins. Please follow me on Twitter for more:
Recently I was given access to a shared Google account to enable me to manage a Google Calendar that we were using to manage some team activities. For weeks I was conducting Google search queries using the same browser that I used to manage the calendar, until it occurred to me that my queries were being logged, and some of my colleagues would be able to access them. I decided to log into history.google.com to investigate.
I never used this history site before, and I found it difficult to use. In fact I rarely use Google, and in this instance as it was not my computer I was lazily using the default search engine, then trying to clean up the search history afterwards.
The main usability issue I has was that there is no multi-select to enable you to select all of your searches to to enable quick deletion, instead I had to scroll through pages of my search queries, deleting them one day at a time. Eventually I reached the end of my searches, and that is when I found one of my colleague's search queries over a period of time, specifically for:
You get the idea. Given the small pool of colleagues to choose from, it is easy for me to figure out who that was.
Screw you Google. Thank you DuckDuckGo.