Google on August 11, 2020, introduced “people cards” in India for letting individuals make their personal profile on the search engine.
It has been a couple of years that Google has been testing this new feature to bring a virtual visiting card experience. With this ‘People cards’ one can mention and highlight their website, social media, and personal details to the public.
To provide the information filled by the users, Google uses its knowledge graph technology. All you need is a Google account and your mobile number to create your “People Card”.
At first, Google preferred the People Card feature only for mobile users. This means one has to log into the Google Account on a mobile device to create their public profile. The feature is available only in English as of now, although other languages would be added in the future. Also, one of the points to note here is that the People Card feature is currently limited to India and there are no plans of expansion right now.
Lauren Clark, product manager, Google Search told Gadgets 360 that the people cards feature is limited to India for the time being, and there are no expansion plans to share right now.
Here’s what Lauren Clark has to say all about this new feature; “You may be wondering why we’re launching this feature in India first. We are always looking for new ways to make search more useful for people, and we found that there was some unique information needs to India that we could help serve first.”
The main motive behind People Card is to let individuals have a public profile on Google Search that will be displayed on top of all results. It was initially called as profile cards.
With people cards, Google claims that it aims to provide “helpful and reliable information” to the public.
Thus, it will allow all the users to flag abuse, impersonation, or even low-quality content, if they find anything odd through people cards. The featured system will have a combination of human review and automated techniques in place to flag policy-violating content. Additionally, only one People Card is permitted per Google Account to limit fake profile cards.
You can opt-out of this People Card experience anytime after you’re done with the creation for yourself.
Google will show multiple modules in case of people who are sharing the same name. This unique information will help users distinguish between different individuals to find accurate information.
How To Create Your People Cards On Google Search?
Step 1 – Sign in to your Google Account and search for your name on Google Search or search for “add me to search” or directly click on this link – Get Started
Step 2 – Tap on the “Get Started” where you see the option of ‘Add yourself to Google search’
Step 3 – Upload your profile picture from your Google account, add a description, and links to social profiles or websites. You can even include your phone number or email address if you wish to have it on your virtual visiting card.
Step 4 – Tap on the “save” option and that’s it.
Watch Full Process Below –
Is Goggle’s People Card secure?
To make sure people find reliable, accurate, and helpful information, Google has added various protections and controls. The feature also consists of safeguard mechanisms to protect against offensive content.
Along with all this, there is a feedback button that the users can use to identify and report low-quality information or a card that they believe was created by an impersonator.
This is a bold step towards digitizing individuals on the search engine. This seems to be a fairly secure way. However, with the more regional language, it will only add stars to it. Hope you now have an idea of what the People Cards is and how to make one for yourself.