Google has launched a feature called people cards to help you create your own virtual visiting card. It’s a virtual visiting card, where you can highlight your existing website or social profiles you want people to visit. You can also add any other information about yourself.

It allows people to have a visible presence on Google search results. Since, creating a people card will allow you to rank higher in a Google search result of your name. It’s great feature for entrepreneurs, performers or anyone just getting started, and looking to build an online presence.

GETTING STARTED

Creating a people card is very simple.

  1. Sign into your Google Account
  2. Search for your name or “add me to Search”
  3. Tap the prompt that appears

You can choose to include the image from your Google account, add a description of yourself, links to your website or social profiles. You can also add your phone number and email, if you want to.

The feature is lot like Google+ or Linkedin, only this allows you to be easily found on Google search results. Since, this will be the first search result anyone looking for you on Google will see. This profile should be above your Linkedin, Facebook or Instagram profile on Google search result.

“If you’re trying to find someone on Search, these new cards make it quick and easy to find the right person. When you search for someone’s name and there’s a card available, you’ll see a module with the name, profession and location, which you can tap to see their card. For people who share the same name, you’ll see multiple modules, and the information can help you distinguish between the different individuals to find who you’re looking for,” according to a blog posted by Lauren Clark, Product Manager, Google Search.

SECURITY

Google has ensured a variety of protections and controls in place to maintain the quality of information on people cards.

  1. Only one people card is allowed per Google account
  2. A phone number is required to authenticate the account
  3. You can report to Google with a feedback for any impersonators or abusive and spammy content
  4. You can delete your people card account anytime

People card can be considered something in a social networking space. This can be considered as the company’s sixth foray into social networking, following Google Buzz (introduced 2010, retired in 2011), Google Friend Connect (introduced 2008, retired by March 2012), Orkut (introduced in 2004, as of 2013 operated entirely by subsidiary Google Brazil – retired in September 2014), Google+ (introduced 2011, retired in 2019) and Shoelace (introduced 2019, retired in 2020).

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