I have this love / hate relationship thing going on with Google. I sometimes wonder if I should be more wary of the data behemoth it has become, slurping up information from every inch of our lives. Then I love the convenience of asking it a question, it all feels very Star Trek – “Computer! Tell me the answer to all my questions!”
I really like Google Keep. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a note-taking whatnot. You can take pictures or write things (if you have a fancy writing phone thing, or just use your fingertip) and you can of course type. The notes sync beautifully across all devices (well it is Google – it’s everywhere) and this means no matter where you are you can obtain your notes on stuff. I like to use it to store notes I make in my other life as a comedian. I see things or have an idea and I can quickly write it down to refer back to later. I’ve been made aware of other note things, and some look quite good, but Keep is great due to it being simple, easy and of course free. The ability to search for notes with a single word, or quickly sort through things is a great function. It’s the perfect example of a user-friendly application.
I’ve just re-read this and realise I need to quickly point out that I’m not an agent of Google. Though of course, feel free to send me money in exchange for favourable reviews. 😊
We Know Where You Live
I freaked out when I saw the timeline thing on my phone. It was all there. All of it. The creepiest thing is that while you know you can switch it off, the level of detail makes you wonder if it’s all still hiding somewhere. I was both horrified and fascinated that I could pick back through the days and see precisely where I had been and how long I had stayed. The route I took and … well. You get the idea.
It got me thinking just how much we rely on this stuff. I’m not surprised that some people are freaked out and perhaps a little scared by just how much information is recorded on them in the name of improving your search responses. And then you log onto a European site that has a fit if it has to store a cookie on your device.
Sometimes I think we’ve already lost the war on stored data. I dread to think how difficult it would be to erase the data that’s saved about us online. Ever Googled yourself? It’s quite a shock to see what results come back. Things you completely forgot about, they’re all there. For everyone to see.
Having said all that, I’m still happily writing my notes into Google Keep. And enjoying the seamless transition between my devices. No ads, no subscription, just type and store. (Along with all my personal data.)
Until next week, Kitty.