You might be curious what’s going on inside your Google account. Maybe you are paranoid, and think that others have invaded your privacy and have been using your account in fishy ways. You have the right to these curiosities; after all, it’s your account. Now, you can also get answers. Google just released a new feature called Account Activity dashboard, a new commodity that enables the creation of a report about how you are using Google.
Google Account Activity Delivers Reports About Your Google Activity
Google Account Activity is a neat feature added by Google and will soon get many Gmail users curious to know the characteristics of their own behavior when it comes to the email experience. If Intel’s “what about me” project takes data from your Facebook, Twitter and YouTube account and converts it into a beautiful flower-like infographic, Google’s Account Activity extracts data from your email and delivers important stats about it.
By using Google Account Activity, you will be able to see:
- with whom you communicate the most/ who are your top contacts
- what is the number of received and sent emails/
- percentage of Google searches
- what you’ve been searching for
- see the places where you log in from
Google tells us that they are going to incorporate this feature into more services, so we can only guess that by that they could mean embedding the new feature inside your Google Plus account, for instance. You will also be able to see the countries from where your account is accessed, so if somebody is trying to steal your online identity in order to blackmail your or just to steal details to your online accounts, you will be able to prevent that by using the 2-step verification system.
Does This Call For a “Do Not Track Button”?
Some users suggest that Google’s Account Activity tool might be inspired from Stephen Wolfram’s personal analytics. If you ask me, I would agree for Google to take that report and use it in order to make their ads more relevant to me. If I can’t stop the ads, at least I can find a better way to refine them and to see something that really interests me, instead of boring, trashy ads inside my Gmail account. Of course, this is something that they are already doing, but it would be a good idea if the ads would be influenced by user-inputted reports.
I don’t know why, but this new feature made me think about a Do No Track button. Now, that would be something great, wouldn’t it? We already have the data liberation button but I can hardly wait for the moment when we’ll get that much-expected freeing button.
Another thing that this report reveals is the alarming amount of information that Google has on us. If you ask me, looking at my report, it makes me feel like a sheep inside’s Google’s enormous herd, so I really think our privacy should be protected even more than it is today.
If we’ll be able to reject Google’s tracking, you can easily realize that it will harm Google’s business quite a lot. If you’ll use Google Latitude check-in, you will even be able to see how much time you’ve been spending at home, outside or in the office. Quite alarming, isn’t it? And that’s not what they are looking for. In fact, what Google tries to do these days is to make our search experiences more and more personalized and local.
For instance, if I am searching about news related to iPhone 5, I won’t necessarily get the most relevant ones, but the most relevant ones in my own language. And I still didn’t figure out how the hell can I disable that! I say no to this, what is your position?
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