Google unveiled the "people cards". These are public profiles of users that bring together several pieces of information about them
Google released a new feature called people cards. 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.
The web giant has been particularly productive in recent days. After announcing the arrival of Maps on Apple Watch and CarPlay, as well as its project to turn all Android smartphones into earthquake detectors, Google unveiled the "people cards". These are public profiles of users that bring together several pieces of information about them, such as a link to their various social networks, a brief description or even their current job, and are displayed in Google's search results.
Cards of people will appear on Google Chrome in the same way that descriptions of celebrities or businesses appear in the search engine. Anyone will be able to search for you by simply entering your first and last name on Google and will be able to view your public profile.
Currently, these public user profiles are only tested in India, in English. On the local version of itssite, Google explains how this works.
To create a person card, a user will need to log in to their Google account and enter this "add me to search" in the US company's search engine. He will then be redirected to a special page with a form that he will just have to fill in. Last name, first name, profession, location and an "about" biography are the mandatory elements to be filled in to create a profile. It is possible to add information about your studies, your hometown, links to blogs or social networks, as well as an email address and telephone number. For these last points, it should not be forgotten that they will be public.
What is the purpose?
The interest of this new feature is not yet very clear at the moment. Is Google trying to get closer to a popular Wikipedia, a directory or even a social network? It's hard to say.
In any case, the potential for abuse is significant here. People will be able to impersonate someone else to create a fake profile or to provide information that the person did not want to make public. To prevent this kind of behavior, Google specifies that each Google Account will only be able to create one profile and that this profile will be authenticated with a phone number. If there are fake accounts, it will be possible to report them.
It remains to be seen whether this type of feature will be offered in other countries. At the moment, Google has not indicated anything on this subject.
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