Google launches People Cards in India to make users more visible online.

For people who want to be online, Google introduces a new people card in google search results.

Google has launched People Cards, which are virtual visiting cards of sorts, that can help you be found online more easily. You don't need to be a celebrity to found online easily on Google search results.

source- Google

Users can able to build a virtual visiting card on google and add your social media accounts, website, Mail address and lot more.

You have the option to add a call button. It will help you boost your online presence. You can write about yourself in 500 words and give your educational qualification, company name, other information.

People Cards are meant to help people like influencers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, self-employed people, jobs seekers etc, all those who want and need to be more ‘easily discovered’.

How to create Google virtual visiting card?

To create a virtual visiting card you need to sign in to your Google account.

Then in the Google search box type "add me to search" and you will see an option shown in the below screenshot.

Choose an image, fill up the required information like Name, Email address, website link , social media profile, and give a short bio about yourself.

How are these people cards protected?

Google set a bunch of protocols to protect your privacy and information safe. You need a valid email address and phone number to add this virtual visiting card. You need to verify your phone number by giving OTP in the form before proceeding further.

Users will also have complete control of the information on their cards and can remove/delete anything at any time. You can also opt-out of the experience entirely - this will stop your card from showing up in search.

You will also find a feedback button that will let Google know about fake profiles and other unlawful activities.

what happens when a user has a common name?

In a country of at least a billion people, it’s highly likely that you might just share your name with another individual. So if you both have People Cards, how can they be differentiated?

When you search for someone on Google Search, if he/she has a People Card, it will turn up as a module with the name, profession, and location information displayed.

Also, there is a picture on the card. Those searching for it can then click on the right card by sifting through this information.

You will also differentiate by using information like location, category, or any other factors.

People Cards has been tested in India for a few years now, said Lauren Clark, Product Manager, Google Search. And it’s officially rolled out today. 

Clark added that this feature was being launched in India because people here have an ‘affinity’ towards searching for their own names on Google.

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