Google has released a new tool to help make it easier for users to monitor their identity on the web and to provide access to resources describing ways to control what information is on the web.
The new tool, "Me on the Web," appears as a section of the Google Dashboard right beneath the Account details.
Savvy web users may already have used Google Alerts to set up notifications for mentions of their name or email address in websites and news stories. For all those who haven?t set up alerts yet, Me on the Web makes it easier to do so and even automatically suggests some search terms they may want to monitor.
Me on the Web also provides links to resources offering information on how to control what third-party information is posted about users on the web. These include common tips like reaching out to the webmaster of a site to ask for the content to be taken down, or publishing additional information on their own to help make less relevant websites appear farther down in search results.