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Google's latest brainstorm: Analytics for the common folk

A new monthly dashboard service from Google will let users monitor their "account activity."

A snapshot of Google's new account activity dashboard. Click on the image for a larger version.

Too much information about your Web life? Stet: Make that your Google life.

Google this morning announced a new service that will send users a monthly activity dashboard which monitors how they use their myriad Google accounts. Think of it as an analytics tool for everything you do on the Google platform. Of course, there is a catch: users will need to sign into Google services to qualify for the password-protected report.

In an explanation of the account activity dashboard, product manager Andreas Tuerk wrote:

Knowing more about your own account activity also can help you take steps to protect your Google Account. For example, if you notice sign-ins from countries where you haven't been or devices you've never owned, you can change your password immediately and sign up for the extra level of security provided by 2-step verification.
What with the stepped-up competition from other social networks for your time -- and allegiance -- this sounds like a no-brainer. Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of the crowd are sure to take notice.