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06/16/2011 09:37 am ET | Updated Aug 16, 2011

Google 'Me On The Web' Tool Promises To Help You Manage Your Online Identity

Google has released a feature that is supposed to help users manage the information that shows up about them on the web.

Called "Me on the Web," the tool is available on the Google Dashboard.

"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," Google explained in a blog post. "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."

Only users with a Google Profile can use this tool, which displays links from a user's profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. It also let users set up search alerts for themselves, though the section seems to offer only links to how-to articles about steps you can take to control third-party information about you. The tool won't, for example, actually let you remove an embarrassing article about yourself that appears in your search results.

Google writes of the Google profile:

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.

At this point, however, Google's tool seems more a push for the site to get in on the social game by helping the company manage what it knows about your online connections, rather than letting you actually control your online identity.

See the feature below: