The old dashboard was spartan and borderline useless. It only displayed the different Pages you managed with a blue “Switch to this page” button for each — the same button you’d see if you skipped the dashboard and went directly to the Page itself
The new dashboard still shows all your Pages and links to “Switch to this page,” but also includes:
- basic stats like how many followers each page has and when the last post was made
- the red notifications icon for quick access to Page activity
- a link to manage the Page Managers
- links to the Page settings and profile
Here’s a screenshot of my Pages dashboard:
As Google continues to work on merging its old Google Places dashboard for local businesses with the newer Google+ system, this could be — as Mike Blumenthal notes — a predecessor of what’s to come not only for social media marketers, but also for local marketers using Google+.