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Google recently launched a new tool that allows anyone with a Google account to receive alerts when personal information about them is published online. “Me on the Web” is similar to Google Alerts except it is accessible
through your Google Dashboard, which makes the tool easier to find and use.

“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,” a posting on Google’s Public Policy blog says.

If you have a Google account, go to your Google Dashboard and look for the section titled “Me On The Web.” Once there, you can create a Google profile, set up search alerts, read information about how to manage your online identity or obtain information about how to remove unwanted content from Google searches.

Make sure you carefully evaluate best use guidelines, limitations and instructions on how to properly set up alerts.

Kiara Hughes is a Communications Specialist at Miles & Stockbridge P.C. She is also a member of the Communications Committee, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Maryland Chapter.

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