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Are You Using the New “Me on the Web”?

June 17, 2011

Where do people first look to find out information about someone? Google.

Yesterday, Google released a new tool, “Me on the Web”, to help you better comprehend, manage, and monitor what people see when searching on Google for you. Incorporated as a section on your Google Dashboard, you are given four options:

• Set up search alerts for your data
• How to manage your online identity
• How to remove unwanted content
• Learn more about Me on the Web

Essentially, you can set up this new feature to alert you whenever your personal information is published (i.e. email address). You are also given the option to view what already exists about you on the web. These types of options have been available but now “Me on the Web” makes it much faster and easier to use and access.

Google explains, “…your online identity is determined not only by what you post, but also by what others post about you.”

I would like to see the tool expanded further to really offer users something more aside from enhanced Google Alerts. What kind of impact do you think this tool will make?