September 27, 2020

You can now turn yourself into a Google Search result

A virtual visiting card that'll show up when someone Google searches your name.

Google Search People Cards

Credit: Google
  • You can now create your own “People Cardâ€� for Google Search.
  • It will show up every time someone searches for your name.
  • The feature is currently only available in India.

We’re all used to looking up famous people on Google. When you search for a well-known personality, Google usually produces a knowledge panel in the results. This panel gathers information from trusted sources and presents it in an easy-to-understand, digestible format. But what happens when you search for yourself? Unless you’re someone famous, all you’ll come across is some social media profiles or random mentions of other people with the same name. But now you can change that.

Google has announced a new feature that lets you turn yourself into a Google Search result. Yes, you heard that right. You can now create your own “People Card� on Google Search with information about your name, occupation, location, work experience, phone number, email address, and more.

“It’s like a virtual visiting card, where you can highlight your existing website or social profiles you want people to visit, plus other information about yourself that you want others to know,� Google writes in a blog post.

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Creating a People Card for yourself is very easy. All you need to do is sign into your Google Account and simply search for your name or write “add me to Search� in the Google Search bar. “The more information you provide, the easier it is for people to find you,� says Google. Take a look at the GIF below to see how to create People Cards in Google Search.

Google People Cards in Google Search

Credit: Google

Once a People Card is available for someone, you’ll see a module with the name, profession, and location of the person. You can tap this module to see their virtual card. You’ll see multiple cards for people who share the same name.

Only one People Card can be created per Google account, and a phone number is required to authenticate the account. If you wish to unlist yourself, you can delete your People Card at any time. Google says it also has “a number of mechanisms� to protect people against abuse or spam. However, the company has not detailed those measures.

People Cards in Google Search are now rolling out in India. They will be available only in the English language for now. There’s no word on when Google will roll out the feature to other parts of the world.

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