Sexy is history. Or your history is now sexy. “Chrome History Timeline is an extension that makes a visual timeline of your browser history using OpenGraph data and traditional meta-data. Like History, but with pictures. This is a prototype from Po.ta.to in collaboration with Google’s Creative Lab in Sydney.”
But, does that mean my history will be uploaded to the cloud to render those sexy stuff? The extension developers says no. The have actually tried to push this message really hard, on the extension description, and on the history page while you use it.
“All the information is stored inside Chrome itself using a feature called Chrome Local Storage. So it isn’t stored online, no one else can access the data, and it doesn’t sync between devices or machines. We could do that, we didn’t.”
The privacy concern was one thing that stopped them from syncing history from your signed in devices. Otherwise, the team says, they would have brought in your browsing history from any device that you are logged in to, and show it in this new layout.
The extension redesigns your browsing history in to something like a infographic, with some Pinterest style tiles. Each website is a tile, with number of pages you visited from the website showing along with it. Once you click the tile, it opens all those links, again in the Pinterest style tiles.
You have a big X icon next to the tile that lets you delete the entry (this is for all entries from this website, and not for individual links inside the website)
On the bottom-left corner, there is a “Refine” section that lets you type in a date or pick one using the calender. To come back to latest history, click “Right Now”
You can search and also clear history. Search results also appear in the same tiled format.
Please note that clearing history on this extension does not clear your actual history, and in the same way, if you clear history on the chrome history page, it won’t clear history here. History Timeline keeps a separate history in your browser using chrome local storage. Here is their explanation from the help page.
“Yes. So, if you do do that it is worth pointing out that “clearing history” only works for the extension, not your actual history. And,of course, vice versa. Have you tried incognito mode?”
You can always click “Full listing” to go to your original history view, that long list.
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