I decided to look at what they found out about where I had been and how I got there over the past three years. That's the timeframe Google has on record. Let's just say it's a lot but also not a lot. It's a "what they know they know" but also don't quite know situation. Poor Google with so much data on where I've been they still can't entice me to give them information on [insert business name here]. I'm all for data but even endless data can't help you save the world.
The geolocation data includes a mode designation. I was particularly interested in the data points of my cycling or walking routes. After some serious data scraping and clean up I found some oddities within the "ON_BICYCLE" and "ON_FOOT" data.
Google thought my bike commute included dips into the Hudson River and landing on the NJ Gold Coast.
My typical NYC bike commute did not include said trips across the Hudson. Though now I'm considering I get a duck bike/paddle boat (?) hybrid that quacks loudly at cars that cross me and a voice over of a tour guy encouraging people to wave. For the record this theoretical bike/paddle boat hybrid would not be yellow, it would be that pretty emerald green and gold sheen of a mallard duck's feathers. It's been a while since I built a bike so this train of thought is pretty inspiring. Note to self: Learn how to build a paddle boat.
And while I can search for trends for days in all this data I ended up making it into pottery. Here's another work from my pottery series, Tracks. The theme is all about trip traces and the patterns in travel data, taking the digitally ephemeral and translating it into something tangible.