Google unwraps personal account analytics

Summary:Google is giving its users access to data about the frequency with which they use services built by the search giant.The Account Activity feature was rolled out by Google on Wednesday.

Google is giving its users access to data about the frequency with which they use services built by the search giant.

The Account Activity feature was rolled out by Google on Wednesday. If people sign up, then every month Google will send them a password-protected report that shows them a breakdown of how much they have used its various services and how this compares to their previous activity.

"Every day we aim to make technology so simple and intuitive that you stop thinking about it — we want Google to work so well, it just blends into your life," Andreas Tuerk, a Google product manager wrote in a blog post. "But sometimes it's helpful to step back and take stock of what you're doing online."

The feature integrates with Google products such as Google Mail, geo-location Google Latitude and Google Search to give people a breakdown on their emails sent, places visited and searches made.

Topics: Storage

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