Google recently announced a new tool titled “Me on the Web”. It’s officially announced purpose is to “help understand and manage what people see when they search for you on Google.”
This new tool is a component of the Google Dashboard, which appears right below the Account details. It will allow you to set up custom Google Alerts for mentions on your name or email address in news articles.
The Me on the Web section of your Google Dashboard provides links from your profile and any websites that refer to it. These links offer information on how to control what third-party information is posted about you on the web.
Some of the tips and tools given are guides to removing pages or sites from Google’s search results, details on how to contact webmasters with change or removal requests, and also links to an online tool that guides you through reporting problems directly to Google.
However, in order to use the Me on the Web feature you must create a Public Profile. If you don’t have a Google profile, you can’t use “Me on the Web,” because it reports information you entered on you Google profile.
Google says, “this is just one of the first steps the company is taking to help managing your identity online simpler.”
What do you think? Does Google just want profile sign ups to become more social? Or is this actually beneficial?