2 takes on openness

Today Google announced Account Activity Reports. This new service will allow you to see what your activity on the Google network looks like. This is a product of their recent privacy issues after combining all of their various users accounts under a single google account.

By giving you access to these reports they are hoping to minimize people’s concerns as far as what is being collected by google. Once we see what is being collected we won’t be as fearful, at least that is Googles hope.

Personally I think this is great. I am interested is seeing what I’ve been up to. I also think is shows that google isn’t too big to listen to its customers concerns.

As a point of comparison let’s look at how Facebook is handling privacy concerns. They are currently forcing everything on their network, people and companies, to adopt their timeline feature. Sure this gives you the ability to see everything you have done on Facebook. The main difference being that so can everyone else…

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Roger has been building websites since 1996 and had drunk the kool aid when it comes to living and breathing online culture. After spending time at Godaddy selling domain names and hosting he dabbled in telecom selling CDN services for Limelight Networks and Level 3. In 2009 he realized the best way he could help businesses was to start his own focused on building websites, getting traffic to visit, become customers, and then service them more effeciently. He obsesses over content strategy, ad testing, page load speed, online services, support efficiency, and where to go on vacation. He lives in Phoenix, AZ with his beautiful wife, Kate, and two dogs: Bonzai and Zeke. He wants to know about your business and how to help you get more customers and service the ones you have even better. Twitter | Google+ | LinkedIn