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Google Adds People Profiles to Web Search Results
Receptional Andy



 
Msg#: 3897615 posted 9:44 am on Apr 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

The offical Google blog is reporting [googleblog.blogspot.com] that Google profiles are now being added to US search results, as well as links to other social networking sites:

To give you greater control over what people find when they search for your name, we've begun to show Google profile results at the bottom of U.S. name-query search pages. These results offer abbreviated information from user-created Google profiles and a link to the full profiles. We've also added links so it's easy to search for the same name on MySpace, Facebook, Classmates and LinkedIn.

Clearly this is a big incentive to sign up for a Google profile, and adds a bit of competition for all the ego-surfers out there ;)

 

AnkitMaheshwari

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Msg#: 3897615 posted 10:27 am on Apr 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

How much data Google wants or should I say take control of.......

londrum

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3897615 posted 10:32 am on Apr 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

i think this is a big hoo-haa over nothing.
there are probably thousands of John Smiths out there -- even when you narrow it down to a single city like London.
if people don't know anything about you other than your name and location, what are the chances of them finding you -- If people already know your unique username, then they wouldn't need search to look up your profile.

signor_john



 
Msg#: 3897615 posted 1:23 pm on Apr 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

Most Facebookers I've spoken with don't even know what Privacy options are or how to set them. one thing is providing the functionality and another is providing a simple explanation of what it does and why it might be important.

Isn't that an issue that should be taken up with Facebook, not with the search engines?

gpilling

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3897615 posted 1:27 pm on Apr 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the tip on Google's new social media play. I have my trademark signed up now.

For all the tinfoil hat wearers - it is Opt in, just like every other social network. So don't opt in if you are worried.

nealrodriguez

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3897615 posted 2:26 pm on Apr 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

You know what I see? Google trying to get their fingers into the Social Media market. And just think, what if they cut juice off from all the popular profiles and left it on for Google profiles? Nah, they surely wouldn't do that.

my sentiments exactly; they 1st optimized their profiles to make them more seo friendly shortly after twitter starting populating profile title tags with their user's names on the left:

[webmasterworld.com...]

now to guarantee your google optimized tag pops up, they publish a link to it on the bottom; if you choose to include your google username in the profile, you may soon find your google profile on the top and bottom of the search engine results. sounds like duplicate content to me. but i guess he who holds the gold makes the rules.

Meenakshi Mosaic

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3897615 posted 5:03 pm on Apr 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

Amazing functionality added by searching profiles.
This is the another step of moving towards excellence.

Looking forward for more updates on this.

billygg

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3897615 posted 5:35 pm on Apr 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

I think I will be waiting a little bit before creating a profile. I don't believe I am the only one in that boat for sure. I want to see how this pans out :)

rogerd

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Msg#: 3897615 posted 6:54 pm on Apr 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

From a reputation management standpoint, this is an opportunity to put content YOU control in a prominent position in Google SERPs. Probably better than letting what others say about you be more visible.

fargo1999



 
Msg#: 3897615 posted 10:01 pm on Apr 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

On the profile creation page in the header I see this:

The more information you provide, the easier it will be for friends to find you.

Logically I think I don't understand this sentence. Because by definition a friend is someone whom I already should know and if we are friends they already know "how to find me." Those who try to "find me" usually do it without my knowledge or consent and then I wouldn't call them my friends... Or not?

signor_john



 
Msg#: 3897615 posted 10:28 pm on Apr 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

Because by definition a friend is someone whom I already should know and if we are friends they already know "how to find me."

Not if they're old friends, or casual friends. Plus, "friend" has a different meaning in the social-networking world in the physical world: as does "fan," for that matter.

nealrodriguez

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3897615 posted 11:59 pm on Apr 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

From a reputation management standpoint, this is an opportunity to put content YOU control in a prominent position in Google SERPs. Probably better than letting what others say about you be more visible.

true; although you could also do it by optimizing a title tag with your name on a few better trusted url's like your most active social profiles; but i guess this is more effortless; the question is how many people are going to scroll all the way down the page when they see a court case on you @ the top on position 1?

BaseballGuy



 
Msg#: 3897615 posted 3:56 pm on Apr 24, 2009 (gmt 0)

Someone has been a bad boy...

Yes, I happen to exercise what used to be
my right to this concept called "free speech"
by outwardly criticizing those in charge.

gpilling

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3897615 posted 9:26 pm on Apr 25, 2009 (gmt 0)


From a reputation management standpoint, this is an opportunity to put content YOU control in a prominent position in Google SERPs. Probably better than letting what others say about you be more visible.

That's how I look at it. Why let someone else register my tradename? I have the dotcom, the twitter, the facebook, the myspace, etc etc why let the google version go unregistered?

brolin empey

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3897615 posted 5:25 pm on May 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

AFAIK, I am the only Brolin Empey on Earth. :)

dusky

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 3897615 posted 5:33 am on May 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

So, time to change names to unique names by deed poll for those people who want to top the SERPs, to rank high or conform to the idea of "Unique" content :). I think if you don't mind being on top of the SERPs it can be a big plus, but if you hate it like I do, it can be an annoyance to say the least. OK, you have the option of sharing your profile or not with whomever you like. We are heading for a real Big Brother life and society soon, and this is only the very experimental beginnings of a much more advanced technology yet to come. When that technology is here, today's technologies will be like 19th century ones in comparison. Big brother will be watching you when you are watching TV and browsing the internet, a G* (or whoever replaces the SEs then) employee can one day look into their CCTV like monitor and say to his/her colleague: "I can see a dude trying to hack into XYZ servers, he can't get in now, he's picking his nose and thinking of the next command move at the same time" and adds: "I flashed his screen with a warning, notified his ISP, the police and blocked all internet browser access for 1 hour, I have all his satellite location credentials....".

For malicious hackers I say yes to that, for an ex-wife or girlfriend tracking your every move, I say a big NO!

[edited by: tedster at 1:39 am (utc) on May 3, 2009]
[edit reason] spelling fix [/edit]

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