GOOGLE LAUNCHES ‘PEOPLE CARDS’, A VIRTUAL VISITING CARD

Google, on Tuesday, announced a new feature called People Cards that will allow people to build an online presence and discover others on Search.

As per Google, the feature allows users to create a virtual visiting card on Search, highlight their website or social profiles, and add information about their selves that they would like others to know.

The People Cards feature is aimed at helping individuals, influencers, entrepreneurs, prospective employees, self-employed people, freelancers who want to be discovered and help the world find them.

Starting from 11 August, users across India can discover the people cards on their mobile phones in English.

How to create your People Card on Google Search

Step 1: To create a People Card, users will first need to sign in to their Google Account, search for their name on Google Search

Step 2: Tap on the “add me to Search” option that appears on the page

Step 3: Upload an image of yourself from your Google account, add a description and links to social profiles or websites. You can even include your phone number or email address if you want it on your virtual visiting card

Step 4: Tap on the “save” option and that’s it

Google said that for every new card, the user must authenticate the account with a unique mobile number. He/she will have complete control of the information to be included on the card and can opt-out of the experience anytime, which will stop their details from appearing in Search.

How secure is People Cards?

To make sure people find reliable and helpful information, the tech giant has put together several protections and controls. It has also added safeguard mechanisms to protect against offensive content.

There is a feedback button with the help of which users can identify and report low-quality information or a card that they believe was created by an impersonator.

For people looking to find someone on Search with their name, the card will be available. There will be a module with the name, profession, and location which users can tap to see their card.

For people who share the same name, the Search will show multiple modules. The unique information will help users distinguish between different individuals to find accurate information.

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