We were REALLY excited when we first heard about this…until we realized that it's missing one key feature: the ability to erase unwanted/embarrassing search results.
Here's what Google had to say about their new tool Me on the Web:
"Your online identity is determined not only by what you post, but also by what others post about you — whether a mention in a blog post, a photo tag or a reply to a public status update. When someone searches for your name on a search engine like Google, the results that appear are a combination of information you've posted and information published by others."
"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."
It's a kind of cool concept, and we think it's neat that you can set up search alerts about yourself, but we'd be WAY more impressed if it gave users the ability to actually edit the results that come up when someone searches their name.
Apparently, the tool includes how-to articles about controlling third-party information about you, but it can't actually erase any hits from search results.
It's a step in the right direction for online identity protection…but only a very small one.
What do U think of Google's new tool? Are U impressed?
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