Thursday 5th November 2009
Google announced today their dashboard thingy. It's interesting, mildly, in a "ooh, really" kind of way.
In a nutshell, it lists all the things that the big evil corporation knows about you. Sorry, I'll re-do that line.
It lists all the things that you agreed to let Google know and track about you.
For example, in Google Reader, I follow 163 feeds, I've starred 2739 items, and have shared 2522 items.
Erm, no, it isn't.
If you see anyone prattling on about how big old evil Google is a privacy concern, or big brother, or that they're spying on you, then please remind them that they agreed to this by clicking "accept" when the terms and conditions popped up.
Google dashboard is, at best, a curiosity. What I'd personally prefer Google dashboard to be is an all encompassing mega-dashboard, to control all of my Google accounts. I realise I'm probably in a minority here, but I want a single screen where I can have my personal google account (set up when I managed to snag a gmail invite, all those years ago), my work gmail account (calendar, shared with collegues), my Google Apps accounts, for the various domains I have set up on Google Apps, etc.
Now THAT would be useful. Hmm, I wonder if there's some form of homebrew crazy screen scraping auto-login crazyness that I could knock up...