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Google+ audit log

Track Google+ activity for your domain

This feature is available with G Suite Business, Education, and Enterprise editions. Compare editions

As a G Suite administrator, you can track Google+ user activity in the audit log.

Step 1: Open your Google+ audit log

  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console dashboard, go to Reports.

    To see Reports, you might have to click More controls at the bottom.

  3. Click Google+.
  4. On the toolbar, click Select columns Select columns. Then select the data you want to show in your log. 
  5. See below for how to interpret and customize log data.

Step 2: Understand Google+ audit log data

Data you can view

Google+ audit logs provide the following information:

Data Type Description
Event name Action the user performed, such as creating or deleting posts. See Event name descriptions for details.
Event description Summary of the event, such as “Jane created a public post.”
User Email address of the user who triggered the event.
Date Date and time the event occurred (displayed in your browser's default time zone).
Post visibility Visibility of the post associated with the event. One of the following:
  • Public (All Google+ users can access this post)
  • Private (A subset of Google+ users can access this post)
  • Organization-wide (All users in the organization can access this post)
  • Organization-private (A subset of users in the organization can access this post)
Attachment type Type of attachment on a post or comment, such as Post, Media, Album, Link, Poll, or Google Drive Object.
+1 context Where a +1 was added or removed from, either post or comment.
Post permalink Permanent hyperlink to the post associated with the event.
Post resource name Unique identifier of the post associated with the event.
Comment resource name Unique identifier of the comment associated with the event.
Event name descriptions

Here are types of events that are available under the Event name column (see above):

Event name Description
Post created User created a post.
Post edited User edited a post.
Post deleted User deleted a post.
Comment created User added a comment to a post.
Comment edited User edited a comment on a post.
Comment deleted User removed a comment from a post.
+1 added User added a +1 to a post or comment.
+1 removed User removed a +1 from a post or comment.
Poll vote added User added a vote to a poll.
Poll vote removed User removed a vote from a poll.

Step 3: Customize and export your audit log data

Filter the audit log data by user or activity

You can narrow your audit log to show specific events or users. For example, find all log events for when users created or deleted a post, or find all Google+ activity for a particular user.

  1. Open your Google+ audit log as shown above.
  2. If you don't see the Filters section, click Filter Filter.
  3. Enter or select the criteria for your filter. You can filter on any combination of the data you can view in the log.
  4. Click Search.

Export your audit log data

You can export your Google+ audit log data to a Google Sheet, or download it to a CSV file.

  1. Open your Google+ audit log as shown above.
  2. (Optional) To change the data to include in your export, on the toolbar, click Select columns Select columns.
  3. On the toolbar, click Download Download.

You can export up to 210,000 cells. The maximum number of rows depends on the number of columns you select.

How old is the data I'm seeing?

For details on exactly when data becomes available and how long it's retained, see Data retention and lag times.

Step 4: Set up email alerts

You can easily track specific Google+ activities by setting up alerts. For example, get an alert whenever someone creates or deletes a post.

  1. Open your Google+ audit log as shown above.
  2. If you don't see the Filters section, click Filter Filter.
  3. Enter or select the criteria for your filter. To set up an alert, you can filter on any combination of the data you can view in the log except date and time range.
  4. Click Set Alert.
  5. In the Set alert: Google+ box, enter a name for the alert.
  6. Check the box to deliver the alert to in your super administrator account.
  7. Enter the email addresses of any other alert recipients.
  8. Click Save.

To edit your custom alerts, see Administrator email alerts.

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