Google’s new tool “Me on the Web”

by Barbara Maloney on June 27, 2011

in Social Media

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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?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Morgan Siem June 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I’m just not quite sure the difference between this and Google Alerts which have been around for a long time now. Do you know?

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Barbara Maloney Barbara Maloney June 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

From what I understood about “Me on the Web” was that it is a place to go and use Google Alerts as well as a place to find links as to how to maintain your online identity. It seems like they will be adding more to it in the future, but this is where it starts.
Also when you go to use “Me on the Web” you must create a public profile. As we have heard before Google is looking to go social, and by making people create profiles they are on their way.

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Stacey Alexander Stacey Alexander July 13, 2011 at 9:28 am

This looks like something I will have to play around with. Thanks for the recap, Barbara.

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