Where have you been? Google knows...

May 26, 2010: 5:28 PM ET

For those who want to log their every move, Google now offers an extension to its Latitude service which logs your location history.

Google Location History is a new service announced today from Google that attempts to track your every move and save that data for your perusal.

If you are anything like me, you are thinking that this ventures way too far into my privacy.  I don't want Google (GOOG) knowing everywhere I go!  Pass!

But on the other hand, I really like the idea of knowing where I've been and having a record for myself.  Google also entices its users with things like total distance traveled relative to the distance to the Moon.  Also, if you can't remember where you went on a certain day or time...BAM...Google knows (below).

The larger Latitude product is also an example of this dichotomy.  Sometimes I'd like my friends to be able to know where I am.  At the same time, I don't want people to be able to find me if I'm not being social.

Google has controls on this, just like other Geo-networks, like FourSquare, have check-ins and they are likely to strike the right balance between privacy and social at some point.

I've signed up and Google is tracking me.  We'll see how this affects my life.

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Seth Weintraub
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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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