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Google 'Account Activity' Jumps Into Personal Analytics 64

Posted by Soulskill
from the you've-googled-yourself-8%-more-this-month dept.
An anonymous reader tips news of a new feature announced by Google today: Account Activity. Writing on their official blog, Google's Andreas Tuerk said, "If you sign up, each month we’ll send you a link to a password-protected report with insights into your signed-in use of Google services. For example, my most recent Account Activity report told me that I sent 5 percent more email than the previous month and received 3 percent more. An Italian hotel was my top Gmail contact for the month. I conducted 12 percent more Google searches than in the previous month, and my top queries reflected the vacation I was planning: [rome] and [hotel]." You may remember from earlier this month that Stephen Wolfram began showing some of the extensive personal analytics data he has collected over the past 20 years.
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  • +1 (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

    +1

  • by JustAnotherIdiot (1980292) on Wednesday March 28, 2012 @02:42PM (#39499165)
    I'm sure your wife would love to know that you're looking for porn 5% more this month.
    • by SniperJoe (1984152) on Wednesday March 28, 2012 @02:53PM (#39499309)
      If I'm looking at porn 5% more a month, she damn well knows why. She should be more concerned if my porn consumption drops to 0 unexpectedly.
    • by girlintraining (1395911) on Wednesday March 28, 2012 @03:00PM (#39499385)

      I'm sure your wife would love to know that you're looking for porn 5% more this month.

      Pfft! Most women don't care if their guy looks at porn. They just want him to pick up after himself and not sit on the couch after work all night watching TV with his hand in a bag of potato chips. Many marriages are sexless ones, especially after kids are in the picture. So really, while they wouldn't care about their man looking at porn, they'd probably be surprised -- I mean, who has time to masturbate when you've got two screaming kids who, if left unattended for more than 2 minutes will destroy everything you own and ever loved? Nobody, that's who.

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        Pfft! Most women don't care if their guy looks at porn. They just want him to pick up after himself and not sit on the couch after work all night watching TV with his hand in a bag of potato chips.

        Wouldn't eating salty potato chips immediately before watching pr0n lead to... discomfort?

      • by Rasperin (1034758)
        I have 2 kids, both of which goto: bed at 8pm (note: 2yo and 7months) when they get older I'm sure that will get moved to 9pm, than 10pm, and once they are 15ish probably midnight. However, I goto bed at 11pm~1am so I've got plenty of time, however kids have caused sex to dramatically decrease, it's not a question of time but energy.
    • How would that be measured? Comparing time on porn vs nonporn or just time spent on porn month to month? Or would it be an amount of bandwidth type thing? I mean, if some site starts offering higher resolution for the new ipad, that increase would be meaningless!

      By the way, you're all welcome for that excuse.
    • by fahrbot-bot (874524) on Wednesday March 28, 2012 @03:28PM (#39499739)
      Um... Anyone who is actually logged into their Google account while searching for porn is a moron.
      Though it's probably smarter than using Froogle ...
      • Um... Anyone who is actually logged into their Google account while searching for porn is a moron.

        Yes, but there is no way to logout really. Your browser is leaking your personal information, your IP address doesn't change when you logout, your habits are known, predictable, and that little logon button is about as useful as the interrogator turning off the tape recorder when you ask to go "off the record"... there's still a dozen other microphones in the room that are on, and he can lie as much as he want and it's legal.

  • Features like this are symptomatic of a self-obsessed, narcissistic society.
    • You just know figured that out? MySpace.com should have been the start of a big clue factor for everyone. It goes downhill from there on out.

    • by war4peace (1628283) on Wednesday March 28, 2012 @05:25PM (#39501323)

      Wow. Just wow.
      I opted in with enthusiasm for the following reasons:

      1. I like statistics. I work with statistics, reports, business analytics, data mining so it's well within my area of interest.
      2. The report (as far as I have seen) tells me what I've done and allows me to make things more efficient.
      3. It provides me with insight of how much does Google know about me. It knows a lot. Do I care? No, not really. I'm not yelling for privacy for the sake of privacy.

      (that last point can lead to a really--REALLY long discussion though, so I'd better stop now before it's too late)

  • You're going through an awful lot of personal lubricant and we've noticed a drop in the number of text messages your Android phone has been receiving from user's we've identified as female. We've added some search suggestions to the box on the right for some singles sites in your area. -- Bro-ogle.

    I've seen the future, and I think we should run.

  • Typos (Score:4, Funny)

    by Russ1642 (1087959) on Wednesday March 28, 2012 @02:43PM (#39499181)
    Your typing was 12% better this month. Keep up the good work!
  • Just a theory, but I'd bet that Google's setting this up to give them an excuse to collect even more info about you. Then again I opted in.
    • by IANAAC (692242)
      I clicked away as soon as I saw the opt-in requiring my web history, which I've specifically turned off. I wouldn't mind seeing my email usage analysed, though.
    • how can they collect anymore data on me. They've already got eveything possible. Now if they could just emulate me on /. then it'd be possible for them to bring to my attention the good ones and answer the damn idiots with RTFA/RTFM and such. Hell it could problably troll better them me

  • I love this. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Shoten (260439) on Wednesday March 28, 2012 @02:57PM (#39499357)

    Google is in the midst of an effort to inform people about privacy. Not by saying "hey, listen up" and then dictating information to them, but by doing everything they can to get people to look at Google's own use of data and the rules they set for themselves around privacy. All those times when they kept telling us that their privacy policy had changed? Yeah, that's a part of it. Also, for those in urban envionments who take the L, T, Subway, Metro, whatever...you've probably seen the ads explaining at a high level how they use the data they collect to personalize search results. Now this is the next step: giving them the opportunity to see how analytics work in a way that is relevant to their understanding, and to their own lives.

    The big problem with privacy isn't that people aren't getting it...it's that people aren't demanding it. But until they know what privacy really is (no, it's not security) and how it works, that won't change. Until they actually pay attention to what is being done with their own information, how can we expect an uproar over the abuse of it? That's what Google is up to now, and I commend them for it. They are playing a VERY forward-thinking game, and are truly acting in the best interests of the common good.

    • by Aighearach (97333)

      Indeed, if I had written their part as a responsible ad company, I wouldn't have imagined it plausible for them to do so much good as they already do.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Google is in the midst of an effort to inform people about privacy. Not by saying "hey, listen up" and then dictating information to them, but by doing everything they can to get people to look at Google's own use of data and the rules they set for themselves around privacy. All those times when they kept telling us that their privacy policy had changed? Yeah, that's a part of it. Also, for those in urban envionments who take the L, T, Subway, Metro, whatever...you've probably seen the ads explaining at a high level how they use the data they collect to personalize search results. Now this is the next step: giving them the opportunity to see how analytics work in a way that is relevant to their understanding, and to their own lives.

      The big problem with privacy isn't that people aren't getting it...it's that people aren't demanding it. But until they know what privacy really is (no, it's not security) and how it works, that won't change. Until they actually pay attention to what is being done with their own information, how can we expect an uproar over the abuse of it? That's what Google is up to now, and I commend them for it. They are playing a VERY forward-thinking game, and are truly acting in the best interests of the common good.

      hmm... I guess google reads /. too. Wonder how long it took for them to word this message just how they wanted it, before it was posted.

  • Just to see if Ghostery, Better Privacy and wise cookie management are doing the trick.
    • by bmimatt (1021295)
      Add https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/googlesharing/ Google Sharing - a tracking anonymizing proxy FF plugin to the list.
  • As if it wasn't dull enough the first time round, now we can get a condensed form of dull, complete with pie charts and trend graphs....

    TD;WU (Too Depressing; Won't Use).

  • I tried it, and the report only goes back 1 month. Doesn't show much at all.
    http://i.imgur.com/dEZW3.jpg [imgur.com]

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