Google recently announced that it now allows people to create and manage a profile page. This feature displays a link with minimal contact information and photo (if you add a photo to your profile) at the bottom of the Google search results page when someone “Googles” your name.
For example, if you search for “Scott Quarterman” you will now see a link to my profile page come up at the bottom of the search results page.
Why is this important you ask?
Well, it’s another opportunity to get a link back to your website, and it allows you post any personal information about yourself that you would like others to see. It also includes links back to other profiles you may have on social networking sites such as Linked In, Facebook and more.
How do you get your own Google Profile?
It’s very simple and quick. Simply, go to the Google Profile page and follow the instructions. Within a few minutes you’ll have your own Google Profile to show the world when they “Google” your name.
There is also a minor attempt by Google to make this feature “social” by allowing you to share certain parts of your profile with people you know. Frankly, I’m not sure why anyone would want this feature.
I see this as one way to control what personal information the world sees about you when you are “Googled”.