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Clicking on "My social content" lists your public pages that might appear in other people's social results. This new interface should give you a peek under the hood of how Social Search builds your social circle and connects you with web content from your friends and extended network.
The new features are rolling out now on google.com in English for all signed-in users, and you should start seeing them in the next few days.
#1 - I lol'd at the thought of Google team members enjoying some babymaking in the article. Like... eeewww!
#2 - I remembered the Verizon commercial where the guy at the diner "friends" over 2 million people instantly and his phone goes haywire with notifications. I'm wondering if I'll get spammed to become people's friend now too.
#3 - If it's not broken stop trying to fix it! The article talks about images but I'm frustrated with Google webmaster tools as it is. When I look to see which keywords I rank well for it mixes images with web pages, when I select the option to omit images it STILL mixes images with web pages. Fix the little things first please!
I'm glad it's not suggesting I become friends with strangers and log on because i'm really not inclined to, if those suggestions start.... bleh!
unless you want to be 'profiled' and doomed for the rest of your online life
I lol'd at that too, RFID devices profile you in the grocery store and at the mall... how much worse can online be? The sign outside the store says video surveilance is in use, it doesn't say that shelf mount units can see up your nose when you move a product on aisle 12 ya know?
Just like the Tweeter feeds in SERPs, this is just another gimic to add to the results.
Also, I don't understand why G needs you to create these new Google Profiles first in order to make this work. They already have our Google Account, the Profile should have been built-in:
Google Account -> Gmail contact -> now they have your social graph -> correlate your social graph to Twitter/Facebook/Blogger/Picasa/Flickr (easily done for all the G-owned properties) -> That's it, they have social search
So I don't see why they need a new Google Profile, except for the added text maybe, but they could've put the option to add the text straight to your Google Account.
Your social circle as determined by Google is currently a blank slate.
You can create a rich social circle and start seeing social search results by following a few simple steps:
Add new people to your social circle by adding them to the "Friends", "Family" or "Coworkers" group in your Google contacts
Create a Google profile and add links to services where your friends create content
If you would like to see more content from your Google contacts, encourage them to create a Google profile and add links to their content there
I lol'd at that too, RFID devices profile you in the grocery store and at the mall... how much worse can online be?
MUCH MUCH worse. If you don't like a store or a seller, you have a dozen of others to choose from. If you are profiled the wrong way ONLINE under your REAL NAME (or if there's information about you that someone else posted and it's not true) then unless you change your identity then you are scre*ed. That's why my suggestion is to never use your real name because sooner or later it will be used against you.
One example of this would be someone who has a website which promotes a controversial political, religious, or social cause. Owners of some of these sites have received hate mail and even threats. That's why many of them use Whois privacy protection on their domain registration.