Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Me, Myself and I: Helping to manage your identity on the web



In recent years, it’s become easier and easier to publish information about yourself online, through powerful new platforms like social networking sites and photo sharing services. One way to manage your privacy on these sites is to decide who specifically can see this information, determining whether it is visible to just a few friends, family members or everyone on the web. But, another important decision is choosing how you are identified when you post that information. We have worked hard to build various identity options into Google products. For example, while you may want to identify yourself by name when you post an answer to a question in a forum so that readers know the response is reputable, if you upload videos about a controversial cause you may prefer to post under a pseudonym.

However, 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.

Today we’ve released a new tool to help make it easier to monitor your identity on the web and to provide easy access to resources describing ways to control what information is on the web. This 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. If you haven’t set up alerts yet, Me on the Web makes it even easier to do so and even automatically suggests some search terms you 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 you 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 your own to help make less relevant websites appear farther down in search results.

This is just one of our first steps in continuing to explore ways to help make managing your identity online simpler.

20 comments:

LPH™ said...

Since certain accounts do not meet the community standards set by Google then a link and/or notice in the dashboard would seem appropriate.

EriCSN said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
EriCSN said...

Why did this blog not having "plusone" button?

I +1'd this post by bookmarklet though...

StefanSarzio said...

I still get: "Profile ist nicht verfügbar für sarzio.de."
(Translation: profiles are not available for sarzio.de)

But the new dashboard says: "Links von Ihrem Profil: 1"
(Translation: Links from your profile)

This is supposed to be a parody, right? :-(

GuillaumeB said...

Still waiting for the implementation of Google profile for Google Apps ...whenever now...

Andrew Goodman said...

With all due respect, Google Alerts is a tinker toy when it comes to monitoring mentions of you.

Brad said...

It seems that many (most?) Google users who are genuinely interested in their identity on the web own a domain. Hence, they likely use Google Apps. You know where I'm going with this.. It would be nice if Google Profiles worked with Google Apps accounts.
http://wellsb.com/post/6490746774/frustrated-with-lack-of-google-profiles-for-google-apps

Conversoul said...

Adding a further facility to create a unique instant email would be good too. Domain names are less important (to many) as proven by url shorteners.

The extensive format of mail holding and handling prioritizes slow old push technology in a letter writer's format.

I just want a phone call format. Recording phone calls is a rare activity.

Choosing an instantaneous or usual ID and further coding options would be nicer.

Mr. Stanley G David [Director/CEO/General Manager] said...

Sir/Madam,

We are direct providers of Fresh Cut BG, SBLC, MTN, Bonds and CDs which we have specifically for lease. We do not have any broker chain in this offer or get involved in Chauffer driven offers. We deliver with time and precision as Seth forth in the agreement. You are at liberty to engage our leased facilities into trade programs as well as in signature project(s) such as Aviation, Agriculture, Petroleum, Telecommunication, construction of Dams, Bridges and any other turnkey project(s) etc.

DEscriptION OF INSTRUMENTS:
1. Instrument: Bank Guarantee (BG)/SBLC (Appendix A)
2. Total Face Value: Euro 10M MIN and Euro 5B MAX (Five Billion USD).
3. Issuing Bank: HSBC London or AA rated Bank in Western Europe or USA..
4. Age: One Year, One Day
5. Leasing Price: 6% of Face Value plus 2% commission fees to brokers to be shared 50/50 between the brokers on both lessor/lessee side
6. Delivery SWIFT TO SWIFT.
7. Payment: Wire Transfer.
8. Hard Copy: Bonded Courier within 7 banking days.

PROCEDURE:
Are indicated on the lease agreement and will be furnished to you upon
request if need be.

Contact Person
Mr. Stanley G David [Director/CEO/General Manager]
E-mail:financeinvestment@ymail.com
Mobile Number:+234 (81) 20660551

Mr. Stanley G David [Director/CEO/General Manager] said...

Sir/Madam,

We are direct providers of Fresh Cut BG, SBLC, MTN, Bonds and CDs which we have specifically for lease. We do not have any broker chain in this offer or get involved in Chauffer driven offers. We deliver with time and precision as Seth forth in the agreement. You are at liberty to engage our leased facilities into trade programs as well as in signature project(s) such as Aviation, Agriculture, Petroleum, Telecommunication, construction of Dams, Bridges and any other turnkey project(s) etc.

DEscriptION OF INSTRUMENTS:
1. Instrument: Bank Guarantee (BG)/SBLC (Appendix A)
2. Total Face Value: Euro 10M MIN and Euro 5B MAX (Five Billion USD).
3. Issuing Bank: HSBC London or AA rated Bank in Western Europe or USA..
4. Age: One Year, One Day
5. Leasing Price: 6% of Face Value plus 2% commission fees to brokers to be shared 50/50 between the brokers on both lessor/lessee side
6. Delivery SWIFT TO SWIFT.
7. Payment: Wire Transfer.
8. Hard Copy: Bonded Courier within 7 banking days.

PROCEDURE:
Are indicated on the lease agreement and will be furnished to you upon
request if need be.

Contact Person
Mr. Stanley G David [Director/CEO/General Manager]
E-mail:financeinvestment@ymail.com
Mobile Number:+234 (81) 20660551

perler said...

problem is, that the alert alerts you even for parts of your email address:


your email address is smith@gmail.com
you get alerts for will.smith@gmail.com

PAT

SEO Sheffield said...

It seems as though it may be possible to claim an account that isn't yours? There is no verification process in place?

Erez Zukerman said...

Fully agree with the request to add this to Google Apps. The _reason_ I use Apps is to protect/claim my identity on the Web -- it makes no sense it doesn't support Profiles.

Bettina Braesch-Andersen said...

Not a word about how to remove invalid information from Google caches. Content may reside for over six months after source is deleted. That is a BIG integrity problem.

What if fake information is published? Or copyrighted material? Or just simply invalid information. And it cannot be removed from caches unless you are the owner of that website.

Shilpi said...

Google apps are really good and always help the users to protect their accounts from all scams etc...

sarayoo.info said...

I like Google's effort in helping us control these kind of stuffs, at least giving valuable resources. This step is really a good step, though a baby step in protecting our online identity...awesome anyway!

sarayoo.info said...

I like Google's effort in helping us control these kind of stuffs, at least giving valuable resources. This step is really a good step, though a baby step in protecting our online identity...awesome anyway!
-aneesh-
http://sarayoo.info/security-tips/item/39-me-on-the-web-control-what-others-see-about-you-online-and-protect-your-privacy.html

Jon said...

+1 for Google Apps "Me on the web" support please!

Eli said...

Would love to control my identity on the web, and push irrelevant information farther down the search result list... but I guess that requires Google Profile, which is blocked for myself and anyone else that uses Google Apps.

Brian Shea said...

It's odd that Google Apps still does not have profiles.
I have been moving family and friends to Google Apps with their own personal addresses, and Google seems to be alienating those that are invested in them with Apps.

We need profiles, especially if we want to try the new Social Network features.