Google exaggerates!

Hi everyone,

Do the fine computers at Google Maps Timeline sometimes inform you of places you’ve been — cities, restaurants, sites — and how far you’ve traveled? Why do they do that? And if they’re going to insist on providing such information, I wish they would get it right. For example. Here’s what popped up yesterday.

In November I visited 10 cities and 38 places. The claim is that these included Baltimore, Rochester, Portland, Cannon Beach, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, The Wayfarer Restaurant and Lounge, Chiapparelli’s Restaurant, Victor, Fishers, Victor, and Brighton. I admit to some of these but not all, and I can think of some they left off. They go on to declare that so far this year I’ve traveled 54,401 miles which, they claim, would take me around the world 2.19 times. I beg to differ! By our calculations, we will only have traveled 31,261 miles by year end. Assuming the circumference of Earth is 24,901 miles, that’s only 1.26 times around the world. They need to get this right, people!

10 comments on “Google exaggerates!

  1. Wow – that is still a LOT of travel. I’m a homebody – writer…. does publication mean i will have to travel too? I live in the mountains, and it is far from anywhere… and i don’t really like driving or flying… we have a small little airport but it only flies to Boston (1 hr. by air) and then you have to change planes and it is very expensive. Plus with Mom’s health getting worse i don’t like to leave her alone much.

  2. Boy, I got the same thing, and mine was scarily accurate. I do not need Google telling me how many times I hit the donut shop–seriously! It had every city/state I’ve been to in the past month, and even very local locations I go to frequently nearby. The Y, etc. I mean, it didn’t name the business itself, but I looked at the map and said, oh, yeah, there’s where Mojo Monkey Donuts is, and there’s my YWCA, etc. And from our Florida trip, it had every city/suburb where all my relatives live that we drove to and such. I went into Google and turned off all those settings immediately. Frankly, I think I’d rather they had gotten it wrong! :>)

    • Laura, it’s really frightening that a machine(s) knows so much about every move we make, right down to the specifics. I know a few folks who try to hide from the relentless tracking of our comings and goings, but something tells me there are now too many eyes and ears out there to escape from them all.

  3. Google this and Google that…
    Google knows just where I’m at!
    Might follow me along each path,
    But Google needs to work on math!

  4. I used to wonder why Google would change a perfectly good application and make it less intuitive, more convoluted. Then one of my sons worked for Google. Hahaha. Seriously, I think Google can be too intrusive. And… obviously from your experience… wrong to boot.

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