Google releases 'Me on the Web' tool to manage web identities

Google today announced the release of a brand new tool called “Me on the Web”, it is a part of the Google Dashboard (just underneath the account details) which lets users set up custom Google Alerts. It can then keep a check out for your name, phone number or e-mail addresses to be mentioned in news articles and then inform you as soon as they are posted.

According to TNW the tool also offers tips and additional resources to help you monitor and keep control of your identity while online. The “Me on the Web” section contains links from your profile alongside various websites that reference it.

Google say that the site also contains links to resources, which can help you control what third-party information is getting posted about you on the web. These include simple tips such as how to contact a webmaster to remove content or how to publish additional info on making less relevant sites move lower down in search results.

To make use of Me on the Web, users are required to have a Google Account. It is located in the Google Account's Dashboard section.

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FMH said,
That's a really useful feature.
No, it is not. Google want make their database of information about YOU more accurate and they want YOUR help with it to get more information about YOU. By enabling this feature, YOU are allowing them to gather more accurate information about YOU. This is one more step towards tying you to a Web Identity thereby making you so much easier to track and making it so much easier for Google to make FREE money off YOU.

Jebadiah said,
No, it is not. Google want make their database of information about YOU more accurate and they want YOUR help with it to get more information about YOU. By enabling this feature, YOU are allowing them to gather more accurate information about YOU. This is one more step towards tying you to a Web Identity thereby making you so much easier to track and making it so much easier for Google to make FREE money off YOU.
How are they making "FREE" money off of us? We're using their services are we not? Look, this is just a personalized view of their Google Alerts service which could have already been setup to monitor your name or email address. Nothing has changed aside from displaying the feature under the accounts area instead of only under Google Alerts. That said, what are they going to do with the information they're ALREADY INDEXING? Worst case, they offer more personalized ads generated by a computer program analyzing data. Oooh I'm shaking...

Seriously, I think it bears repeating. They're ALREADY INDEXING this information. The only difference now is they're sending you an email alert when something new shows up, whereas before they indexed it without sending you an email alert.

Magallanes said,
My real email is (in Google) : 1 time.
My fake (spam) email is : 117 times.

:-/

Instead of enabling this idiotic feature that permits Google to gather accurate information about you, you could have easily done a Google search for yourself without signing into a Google account from a browser in private mode.