Posted November 5, 2009 10:22 pm by with 8 comments

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google-logoEverywhere in business these days you hear about dashboards. Dashboards for marketing, dashboards for the C-suite and even dashboards for dashboards. If dashboards are so popular it’s no wonder that Google rolled out their dashboard for your Google account.

The official Google blog reports

In an effort to provide you with greater transparency and control over their own data, we’ve built the Google Dashboard. Designed to be simple and useful, the Dashboard summarizes data for each product that you use (when signed in to your account) and provides you direct links to control your personal settings. Today, the Dashboard covers more than 20 products and services, including Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Web History, Orkut, YouTube, Picasa, Talk, Reader, Alerts, Latitude and many more. The scale and level of detail of the Dashboard is unprecedented, and we’re delighted to be the first Internet company to offer this — and we hope it will become the standard.

Is that true? There is NO other Internet company that offered a dashboard prior to Google’s announcement? I find that a little hard to believe but who has the time to see if that claim is actually accurate? Who even cares if it’s accurate.

As we get plowed under with more and more data the real winners in the race to harness the information overflow will be those who can capture things in a manageable fashion.

Few if any companies offer the range of services that Google does so having this snapshot of exactly what you do have in the Google system can be helpful. Just another service to keep you close to home and on the ‘mother ship’. Honestly, though, while it seems interesting I am not sure how I will benefit from it but that’s just me. Right?

  • Thanks for keeping me informed. Going to check it out now. The link to take a peak is

    .-= Wendy Merritt´s last blog ..Reduce Desktop Clutter with Fences =-.

    • Marvin Reynolds

      Dashboards have been a standard part of the database market for years. Business executives of all types have used real-time database screens to monitor sales activities, production activity, warehouse levels and a whole variety of things. The Google Dashboard is not a dashboard in the database sense.

      • @Marvin – Point well taken. That’s why the whole ‘announcement’ is almost a little comical. It’s not as if Google invented the dashboard and honestly until you drill down it’s just a listing of the high points. Of course, if you are a tech person Google is not really aiming at you on this one either. Most Google users can barely do a search without having their hand held. We play in the pert of the world (Internet marketing etc) where this is all common place. Let’s not forget John Q. Public that makes up the VAST majority of the world.
        .-= Frank Reed´s last blog ..Social Business Development =-.

  • I admit that Google has proved once again in getting new services and products to its users. Google dashboard is really amazing ,it help to review data for each product that we use and offers you direct links to control personal settings. I have been using it right from the day when it was launched.

  • While it is easy to praise dominant players when they exhibit such good will, let’s not ignore that Google is under heavy attack from different sides, most important Microsoft-Yahoo Deal. This might very well be a kind of marketing act where Google tries to avoid having a big corp image and gain popular trust. I’m curious to find out if what Google shows in dashboard is all that Google has on me…
    .-= Ahmad Barirani´s last blog ..Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Good for Search Engine Market (and Bad for Google Monopoly) =-.

  • Google Dashboar –Transparency, choice and control – Why I don’t think so
    .-= GoosPoos´s last blog ..Google Dashboard – Transparency, Choice And Control – I Don’t Think So =-.

  • yeah, this is some thing truly amazing. This dashboard will now help us to organize better than ever before.

  • Ben conducted a study among 295 viewers of a news clip featuring Google’s new Dashboard, which allows users to view information about their previous searches. Results found that that more than one-third of viewers (38%) reported that they will use Google’s search engine less frequently after learning of the feature. Among the viewers who reported that they would use Google less, more than half (52%) reported that they would use Yahoo as their alternative search engine. Furthermore, nearly half of the viewers (48%) stated that they were “not at all comfortable” with search engine companies monitoring and collecting data from their searches.
    More in depth results can be seen at: