Have you claimed your Google profile yet? It’s inevitable. Yet another profile to manage – but at least we know that Google isn’t going to disappear any time soon. Is Google trying to topple Facebook or Twitter? Only time will tell. Brandon Veski submitted this guest blog post:
At one point or another, everyone has typed his or her name into Google to see what comes up. Some results may be just what you want to have up for the online world to see and others not so much. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have a presence on the front page of your Google name search where you can control the content? This has now become possible with Google Profiles.
If you use Gmail, Google Reader, Google Docs, Google Analytics, etc. this will be yet another useful tool at your disposal for free. All you have to do is log into your Google account to get started.
Once created, your profile page will have a clean look, with bio information, images, job history, and pretty much anything you want to share (or not), as you can also simply have just your name that will be linked you’re your email address or other contact information which is kept private.
Adding links to profiles you may also have is really simple, as Google has built this in. Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Blogspot are all supported with icons. I even just added my Pirillo Geeks Account and guess whose face is on my links page now! Your Google Profile can literally serve as the portal to all of your other online profiles and make them easy to find. You can even customize your URL.
There is talk about how this will become the next Facebook killer as there is speculation that Google might buy Twitter so as to have integration with their new Google Profile service.
I helped my girlfriend create one, as she is a professional photographer with a common name that was struggling having front-page presence on Google when she searched for her name. I also and going to have my not so computer savvy mom sign up and create Google Profile, as this will be a simple and easy way for her old friends to find her. They will just have to search for her name in Google and her profile will come up. Best of all, it’s free!