By now you surely understand that Google has lot’s of information about you, but do you know how much ‘a lot’ actually is? The Google Dashboard allocates all the data from your Google account and displays it in one central place, providing you with a bird’s eye view of all your activity across the Google products you use. It’s a great place to learn more about how you’ve been using Google and control the settings of each one of the products you use.
Here’s what you’ll find in your Google dashboard:
► Account details (Name, email, connected apps)
► Adsense (products, account type)
► Alerts (see tip #6)
► Analytics (number of profiles, account id)
► Android (devices, backups)
► Audio History (yes, Google keeps your voice searches too.)
► Blogger (your blogs, blogs you follow)
► Books (purchased, reviewed, browsing history)
► Calendar (account activity, time zone, more)
► Chrome Sync (bookmarks, passwords, extensions, settings)
► Cloud Print (connected printers, jobs in que, printing history)
► Contacts (number of contacts, most contacted)
► Docs (number of docs, recently opened, edited, trashed)
► Feedburner (number of feeds, brand domains)
► Gmail (conversations , recent attachments, recent email)
► Google Photos (albums, photos, face tags, public, unlisted)
► Google Plus (number of +1’s, pages)
► Location History (see tip #9)
► Play Music (songs, albums, recent activity)
► Play Store (installed apps, recent apps)
► Profile (name, url, email, birthday – links to Google+)
► Search History (see tip #1 status, searches, top queries, search types)
► SearchWiki (no idea.)
► Sites (your Google sites, shared with you)
► Talk (number of contacts)
► Tasks (current and complete tasks)
► Voice (history, voice mail, forwarding phone)
► Wallet / Checkout (purchases, payment options)
► Webmaster Tools (sites, sitemaps, recent activity, messages)
► YouTube (views, searches, playlists, votes, search history)
Things you should note:
► You can opt in to receive monthly reminders to check your activity.
► The dashboard is per account which means if you have more than one Google account you’ll have separate dashboards for each account.
► The dashboard changes based on whether or not you have a Google+ profile.
It’s all part of your the Data Tools:
The Google Dashboard is part of your Google “Data Tools”. Here’s a quick overview of things you can do there (click the Data Tools link in the top left to access).
► Access the dashboard.
► Download account data.
► Delete all account data (I wouldn’t do this if I were you).
► Search for You on the web.
Access your Google Dashboard: google.com/settings/dashboard
Overwhelmed by all of this data? How will you be using you Google dashboard from now on? Will you opt in to receive monthly reminders to check your activity?