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April 21, 2009

Google People Search

Google's search results now include a special section for Google Profiles at the bottom of the page. If you search for a name like Jon Wiley, Google will show a list of the top results from Google Profile Search, followed by links to some popular social networks: MySpace, Facebook, Classmates and LinkedIn.



If you checked "Display my full name so I can be found in search", your profile will be included in the search results. "If you want your profile to appear in Google search results, make sure you've selected to display your full name on the Edit profile page. Adding more information will help you improve your profile's rank," explains Google.

Here are some other tips to improve your ranking in Google's people search engine:

* link to the profile from other sites
* verify your name
* include a photo and enough details about yourself

A quick way to access your profile is to search for [me], but you can also go to http://www.google.com/profiles or click on "My account" and select "Edit profile".

It's worth pointing out that you need to explicitly create a public profile and the profile is not included in the search results without your permission.


{ via Google Blog }

39 comments:

  1. How about Google Apps accounts, especially the contacts section of profiles?

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  2. Perhaps a useful idea - but what happens when you don't want people to find you. Oh-oh - you think - that guy has something to hide! Well I don't feel that is true BUT I stongly suggest that people THINK before they JUMP into these shark infested waters.

    Here was HEADLINE a few weeks back "Police pursue fugitives on Facebook
    - Cops make use of social websites" Metro News, Edmonton AB
    http://www.metronews.ca/edmonton/Local/article/209314

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  3. I'd forgotten about Google Profiles. Thanks for the reminder and instructions. Mine is now live.

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  4. Rumor Google Possibly Buying

    PeopleSearches.com

    http://www.PeopleSearches.com

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  5. Now it would be great if these profiles can be attached to websites in google indexes, associating data with people. Instead of just putting high value on words based on what people search for, also put value on what people click they like (and don't like) when they are logged on with their profile. Just because it's searched, doesn't mean it's value to people.

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  6. Hi,

    I'm glad to know that your content has a collaboration with my portal tool..

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  7. The Google people search profiles will be a huge leap forward for anyone trying to find a person or do background research online.

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  8. I'm very happy to know that your content has a collaboration with my portal tool. Nice information about us.

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  9. it would be great if these profiles can be attached to websites in google indexes, associating data with people.

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  10. Google people search is easy and free to use. You, as the searcher simply type in the person's name that you are looking for and if you know their last address that helps.

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  11. Wow that's great. Thanks for adding this new feature.

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  12. Just a tip.

    The free Google Apps only allows for 50 accounts.

    "You can create up to 50 user accounts for this domain. If you would like more users, please purchase Google Apps Premier Edition."

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  13. Thanks for the reminder and instructions. Mine is now live.

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  14. Hi,

    Legal Search Info is a great online stuff. We have same collaboration I'm very glad on it.

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  15. In addition to people search, it would be great if google would incorporate seamless public record search access.

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  16. the economy is poopyface!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. people can be stalked, raped, assasonated, pooped on, pranked on, people could come at eachother like spidermonkies!!! or they could be robbed, OR SOMEONE COULD GIVE SOMEONE A.I.D.S.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.!.

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  18. Instead of just putting high value on words based on what people search for, also put value on what people click they like (and don't like) when they are logged on with their profile. Just because it's searched, doesn't mean it's value to people.

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  19. I think the Google Apps accounts idea was a good one.

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  20. google is one step away of being social meca but they have to collect more profiles so they are just testing the waters as always

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  21. Well this sounds interesting.This would enhance the search and make search better & faster.

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  22. This is very useful to the community of Google. Oh Google hats off to you for your these lovely adds on.

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  23. This is huge step forward in the people search. Hopefully, this will enhance the entire people searching process.

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  24. OMG, this is awesome!I LOVE GOOGLE PEOPLE!!!!!IT IS THE BEST Peace to all

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  25. Hi people this is bug Google is the best in the world.It is so awesome and it is so easy to use.

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  26. It will be interesting to see if the new Microsoft/Yahoo partnership offers anything to compete with the google people search.

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  27. In addition to people search, it would be great if google would incorporate seamless public record search access.

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  28. I personally don't think this is so great! I know there's no such thing as anonymous online, but more info out there about you? Suppose you just fill in as much as you're comfortable with.

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  29. I'm glad to know that your content has a collaboration with my portal tool..

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  30. to much info is revealed

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  31. just created my profile. hope it overranks my facebook because I want potential clients to see the google profile page.

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  32. How can you find someone that you don't know there name , phone or address

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  33. @colon cleanse
    Why should this not be a good idea?
    Your info is there, on FB..etc. everywhere!
    if you really don`t wanna to be found, then you never should use social networks, or chat, or email someone.. this is stupid!

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  34. As long as this is something you have to opt into I don't see a problem. Social media is social after all, no point getting shy!

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  35. That would be great if you'll be able to have at least two profiles: one - for friends and relatives, and another for use in social networks where you don't want to provide much of personal information.

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    1. This is a very simple and easy tool to use, particularly if you are in ahurry and have minimum information. The problem might be that people might be unwilling to supply sufficient personal information

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  36. Having different profiles is a great idea for separating private from business and all the gray levels in between

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  37. Nice idea but I don't want my name to be searched.

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