Google Maps has a new feature addition called Timeline which puts together you enter location history in the past couple of years into a neat little transit directions on the map.
The Timeline features lets you search for your history based on a particular and whatever locations you check into that day. The feature is available on the Desktop version of the Google Maps and Android, not on iOS. So if say on a particular day, you checked into a bar or a hotel or even traveled somewhere and relied on Google Maps, then the map will show it on the timeline.
According to Google, the timeline is “a useful way to remember and view the places you’ve been on a given day, month or year,” and will help users visualise their real-world routines.
Google says the Timeline is private and visible only to each particular user and they can also delete locations on the map, including the full day history. Additionally a frequented spot can be given a private name and this will appear right in Google Maps when you’re logged in. Users who have opted-in to store their Location History with Google will see this in Google Maps accounts.
The ‘timeline’ is of course another example of the kind of power that Google has over users’ data, given how Google Maps is the de-facto app for many users.