Manage Your Online Reputation with Help from Google

Ever “Google” yourself?  Don’t like what you see?

Google has introduced a new tool to help people control their online reputation.  The tool, “Me on the Web,” allows you to manage what people see when they search for you on Google.

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As Google said, “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.”

By using “Me on the Web,” you can get notified when your personal data appears on the web, including your email address or phone number.  You can also use the tool to remove unwanted content.

The tool can be found on the Google dashboard next to account information and analytics.

Here’s how to use it:

To create alerts:

    1. Sign in to your Google dashboard
    2. In the ‘Me on the Web’ section, click “Set up search alerts for your data”.
    3. Select the checkboxes beside the alerts (such as your name or email address) you’d like to receive.
    4. In the “How often” drop-down box, choose the alert frequency.
    5. In the “Deliver to” drop-down box, choose which email address your alerts should be sent to.
    6. Click “Save alert preferences”.

To see information about you that already exists on the web, click “View results” beside the appropriate personal data.

We are all aware that it is a new tool for potential employers to check up on their interviewees and employees online. From every Facebook account to Linked In profile, information is gathered and used to determine our professional fate. So use the control that you have over your online reputation. You never know how useful it could be.

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