Google Gets Into the Public-Profile Business
Earlier this week, Google upgraded a little-known feature on its site -- the ability to set up a profile page with your name, photo, contact info, relevant links and any other tidbits you care to share (i.e., the same info every other social network wants you to provide).
Instead of leaving it to you to advertise your profile page, Google now includes a link to it when people search for your name. I don't exactly feel like Google needs still more business from me, but I also recognize the kind of publicity it can provide.
So I logged into my Google account and filled out my own profile. As you can see in the screen shot below, I left most of its fields blank and only provided things I was comfortable sharing with the general public. (Although Google provides fairly detailed privacy controls, I don't need yet another set of friends lists, each with their own access permissions, to manage.)
There's my name, the same picture I've posted on a bunch of other sites, a link to e-mail me (Google hides your address, only showing the domain name) and links to my Twitter updates, my public Facebook page, this blog and my LinkedIn profile. Oh, and I couldn't resist giving a shout-out to my alma mater, Georgetown University.
Have you set up a Google profile, or are you going to resist any further assimilation by the Google collective?
(On a related note, the Post is preparing more detailed "about this reporter" pages that contain more than just a short bio and a list of recent articles; see, for instance, Dana Milbank's souped-up page. At some point in the next few weeks, I should have one for myself. What would you like to see on it?)
April 23, 2009; 6:03 PM ET
Categories: Digital culture , The Web , The business we have chosen
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