What does Google know about you?

So, what does know about you?

According to my cookies at work, Google guesses I’m a male, aged 55-64, interested in horror films, social issues & advocacy, biology, ancestry & genealogy, architecture, and museums and libraries.  So at work apparently I’m 15-24 years older than I am at home. (Actually, I can guess why most of these come up — I do read the news at work, and use the Social Security Death Index and other biographical databases for work, and look stuff up … I’m a librarian, after all.)  My home PC has a more accurate cookie, and adds stuff like RPGs, politics, and so on.

Check out what Google “knows” about you here: LINK.

If you use more than one browser, try the link in each one … you will probably get slightly different results.  You can apparently remove anything that is not a real interest of yours, and even opt out entirely, but I haven’t messed with that yet.  I kind of like seeing ads for WotC and Skyrim when I’m reading the news…

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  1. How do you get the breakdown of user fact? That whole opt-out site is confusing as hell…

  2. ugh… I meant ‘user data’… (need coffee)

    • I just see a list of ‘your categories’ and ‘your demographics’ on the page that the link opens (“ads on web”). But i’m not signed in to Google right now, that might make a difference! There is a second tab for “ads on search” that requires a login.

      • Got it. I forgot that my browsers at work are set to clear cookies on shutdown, so there’s nothing to see on that landing page. Duh…

        I really, really need more coffee…

  3. It knocked more than 10 years off my age.

    So, either ‘Young at Heart’ or immature…

    Whatever….

  4. Haha this is great! Using Chrome which is my main entertainment browser, I am 18-24 years old. The interests are fairly correct though. The age thing was laughable though.

    I don’t save cookie information on Firefox or Safari so nothing to add there.


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