Google has recently started testing a new public profile system on Google called “People Cards,” letting users with a Google account create their own virtual business cards, which may include a brief bio, job details, social media links, etc. People Cards appear directly on Google search results, similar to how you can find an influential’s brief details on top of the search results.
The People Cards feature is excellent for those who want to be discovered on the web, whether the person is an individual or an influential. To protect the system from being abused, Google has enforced a flagging mechanism. Users are also limited to create only one People Card per Google account.
The feature is currently being tested in India only, and it apparently won’t expand in other countries anytime soon. You can follow this guide to build your own public profile on Google using People Cards.
Create your People Card on Google
The creation of the People Card is limited to mobile devices for now. Here’s how you can do it on your Android smartphone:
- First, open up either the Google app or trigger Google Assistant, then type in or say, “Add me to search.”
- Assuming that you are logged in to your Google account, Tap Get Started under “Add yourself to Google Search” option.
- Now choose your Google account on the following page. You will be redirected to the public profile creation form.
- Start by entering your name, location, personal info, and occupation. You can tell more about yourself by filling up the Work, Education, Hometown, Website, Social Profiles, Email, and Phone Number details.
- Once you enter your details, tap Preview below to check how your people card looks in the search results. If you are comfortable with it, tap Save.
During the public profile creation process, you will be asked to authenticate your mobile number as well. If you already have a mobile number linked to your Google Account, then you won’t be bothered to verify again.
Is “People Cards” a non-invasive feature?
It’s something only time will tell. As of now, Google offers a feedback button for users to report People Cards with offensive or misleading information, so that you can take down a fake or an impersonator’s public profile.
Users get full control over their cards. You can opt-out of the feature anytime in case you no longer want your profile to show up search results. Furthermore, you can edit your People Card and remove information as per your preferences.