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Old 05-14-2017, 10:12 AM
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Did Google know it was my birthday?

I called up my browser yesterday morning, which has Google as my default search engine, and the logo was festooned with candles. I thought perhaps it was a typical commemoration of some event or another, but it was also my birthday. When I clicked on the logo, it just took me to a list of events that occurred on that date in history.

Now, it wouldn't surprise me if they could generate information that specific to an individual, but I don't even have an account with them (that I can remember).

Has this happened to other people? Do they really track those minute details? It's a bit creepy, if you ask me.
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Old 05-14-2017, 10:17 AM
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Google did know it was my birthday last March, but then I do have an account with them . My recollection was the google doodle was quite specific. Perhaps goggle had a "guess" it was so was less specific.
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Old 05-14-2017, 06:25 PM
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If you have any kind of account with google or a related website then yes it knew your birthday. It knows my birthday.
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Old 05-14-2017, 06:54 PM
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Happy belated birthday, I hope you enjoyed!
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Old 05-14-2017, 06:57 PM
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Here's a year-old thread on the same matter, linking to an article from The Telegraph about it. In short, Google knows all about you (and me).
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Old 05-14-2017, 07:44 PM
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It sees you when you're sleeping,
It knows when you're awake.
It knows if you've been bad or good.
So be good for goodness' sake.
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Old 05-14-2017, 08:38 PM
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It was my b-day yesterday and google didn't notice at all. I feel relieved and bummed out at the same time.
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Old 05-14-2017, 09:33 PM
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But now that you've said that out loud, Google will notice and remember for next year.
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Old 05-14-2017, 11:33 PM
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It was my b-day yesterday and google didn't notice at all. I feel relieved and bummed out at the same time.
My twin from another mother.
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Old 05-15-2017, 08:37 AM
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On my birthday last October, I noticed that the little orange Google Maps Street View "pegman" was wearing a party hat. I thought that was pretty cool.
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Old 05-15-2017, 06:18 PM
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Don't know much about it, but it's possible you have an account that is in the Google constellation without realizing it. Do you have a YouTube account?
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Old 05-15-2017, 07:14 PM
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Don't know much about it, but it's possible you have an account that is in the Google constellation without realizing it. Do you have a YouTube account?
Yeah, I'm sure there are any number of ways. It just surprised me, which I guess is the whole point.
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