I’m Fairly Certain Google Can Read My Mind

I’m fairly certain that Google (or Alphabet Inc, should I say?) can read my mind. I don’t know if it has anything to do with me storing everything about my life (calendar, contacts, notes, emails etc) on their servers and Google analysing the data (which I’m totally fine with, by the way), but here’s my thinking…

Last year I had this totally great idea…

“Google should totally sell domains!”

I thought, how aren’t Google already selling domain names? They have so many products focused in a similar area (Search, Analytics, AdWords/AdSense, Blogger, Sites, Gmail for businesses), if they were a domain registrar, they could link these products in with that. No more than a few days later, out they come with Google Domains. Yes, I’m still waiting for the UK launch (so I can move pratters.com over), but it is official, and that’s pretty cool.

A few months ago, I wanted a way to backup the photos from my phone, and to then delete them in order to free up space. My current phone only has 16GB, and it’s nearly full with all my apps (Spotify is a bit of a space hogger). Then, when Google I/O rolled around in May, Google Photos was taken out of Google+ and launched as it’s own product, and hey presto…

A few months later, in June/July, I went on a fantastic 6 week adventure of Australia & South East Asia. I wanted a way to remember all of the great places I was visiting, so I could go back later and see where I’d been on a map. Whilst I was out there, Google added a feature to Maps called “Timeline“. It does what you’d expect it to, it stores information about where you’ve been (based on the location history from your smartphone), so you can go back and look at where you were on each day. However, it doesn’t stop there, it also adds in pictures you’ve taken in each location from Google Photos, and tells you you’re “most visited places”. It’s a product I’ve been waiting for for a while, and I love it. It’s a fantastic way to make use of all the data that you’re uploading to Google.

So, I’m quite impressed with Google. I’ll keep imagining new products, and hopefully they will keep making them. I love what Google are doing, and hopefully new products will roll out a little bit faster under the new Alphabet Inc conglomerate.

UPDATE: I guess, if they’re not reading my mind, then maybe they’re reading my blogs. I wrote previously about how Google Hangouts could be improved, and the web version of Hangouts that I suggested, has arrived!

And they might also be reading my tweets? If so, @Google could you please crack on with these…

Image Credit: By Google Inc. (Traced from File:Logo 2013 Google.png) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons (Modified)