Google now lets you add yourself to Search with the People Cards feature rolling out to mobile users in India. It works like a virtual visiting card for people to find on top of search results, when they look up a name.
If you opt in, information about you will be displayed as a knowledge card on Google Search. The feature is aimed at people who wish to put their name and information out for the world to know. Entrepreneurs, freelancers, influencers and more people can find it useful.
"For the millions of influencers, entrepreneurs, prospective employees, self-employed individuals, freelancers, or anyone else out there who wants to be discovered, we hope this new Search feature will help the world find them,” Google wrote in a blog post.
People Cards can only be created on smartphones right now. To get a People Card for your name, simply search your name on Google, or ask “add me to search”.
Tap on the prompt that appear, and it will open a form for you to fill up and verify your details. The mandatory details include your location (city, country), bio, and occupation. Optionally, you can include your education, work, home town, website, social profiles, email and phone number.
Google promises a “variety of protections and controls in place to maintain the quality of information on people cards.” These include things like a single Google account for each people card, authenticated by a phone number. You also have to start the process with a six-digit OTP sent to your phone number.
"We have a number of mechanisms to protect against abusive or spammy content, and if you come across low quality information or a card that you believe was created by an impersonator, you can tap the feedback link to let us know. If you no longer want your people card to appear in Search, you can delete it at any time,” Google said in the blog.
In other Google news, we have a sweet guide on how you can share your location on Google Maps. Google has also been facing an uphill climb with Google Stadia as Apple won’t allow Google Stadia and Microsoft xCloud on its platform because of App Store rules. And finally, Google has officially launched the Pixel 4a and you can read more about that here.