Google's Dashboard gets Me on the Web, a sort of identity management tool to help Google users see and control what others are saying about them in social media Websites.
Google June 15 added an identity management tool to its
Google Dashboard Web services palette, a move to help users keep track of what
others are saying about them online.
Since November 2009, Google Dashboard
has collected information on application data Google account owners generate from Web
services such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Docs and dozens of other apps.
Me on the Web
is the new Dashboard tool, sitting right under the Account
details section. The tool helps users track their identity on the Web at a time
when social networks and other social media Websites have made it easier for
users to publish and share content online.
Think of Me on the Web as do-it-yourself social media
monitoring that alerts users to what people write about them in blogs, photo
tags on Facebook and in Twitter tweets, all supported by Google's search
Me on the Web surfaces links to accounts users have
already listed on their Google Profiles, which let users list information about
themselves and their favorite Websites. Examples of Profiles info include
Facebook, Twitter, Quora accounts and blog destinations.
The tool also lets users set up Google Alerts so that
they are notified when their name or e-mail address is mentioned on Websites or
news stories. Me on the Web also automatically suggests search terms users may
want to monitor.
However, Me on the Web will also
remove unwanted info about them from Google's search results, such
as a telephone number or an embarrassing photo they don't want to appear
Me on the Web as something aimed at Facebook,
which religiously protects its user data even as it pushes the privacy envelope
with facial recognition and other information-sharing tools.
This may be true, if only indirectly. Me on the Web seems
like another move to get more users to create Google Profiles, which are
certainly an attempt to challenge Facebook. With a profile, a user cannot manage
data about them that appears on Google as effectively.
in this section on managing online reputation:
"With a Google profile, you can manage the
information--such as your bio, contact details, and other information about
you--that people see. You can also link to other sites about you or created by
you. For example, you can link to your blog, online photos in Picasa, and other
profiles such as Facebook and LinkedIn."
Facebook's profiles provide the same service, though they
are not completely indexed on Google's servers. This puts Google at a
disadvantage, and it's a big reason why it created Profiles.