Google Will Help Us Watch Our Google Selves With a Monthly Activity Summary
Today, Google is introducing an optional monthly email and personal “Account Activity” dashboard that should keep us a little more up-to-date with our Google selves on a regular basis. The feature summarizes usage trends from each of its user’s accounts on various Google products like Gmail, search and Latitude.
I’ve criticized Google for not doing more to explain and justify to users why they would want a unified Google account. Quantifying and visualizing user activity is a small step toward that. Two similar existing products are the Google Dashboard and ad preferences manager. None of the three products seems to be at all social or shareable or integrated with Google+.
A Google spokeswoman, who described Account Activity as “still pretty basic,” said the feature is now being rolled out globally to all Google Account users.