Your people card on Google, yes, an International online Visiting Card that you can use in various ways.
On August 11th Google launched a new feature in India for ordinary people who want to add their name to Google search called “Add Me To Search”. This feature allows individuals to highlight themselves in search results like never before.
You must be wondering, how is it possible to find the right person or information that you’re looking for, as there are many people who share the same name and it is really hard to know who’s who on the internet!!
With this new Google feature ‘Add Me To Search’ now people can register their name profiles and make them appear against the name search queries. These are the Google visiting cards on Google SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages). It allows you to modify your appearance in the SERPs. You can add your name, hobbies, email address, phone number, social media links, and even your work profile.
Google Search Product Manager Lauren Clark said, “The new feature is aimed at helping the millions of individuals, influencers, entrepreneurs, prospective employees, self-employed people, freelancers or anyone else out there who wants to be discovered and help the world find them. Starting today, users across India can discover the People Cards on their mobile phones, in English,”.
“The safeguards include mechanisms to protect against abusive or offensive content and limiting the experience with only one People Card allowed per Google Account. For every new card, the user must authenticate the account with a unique mobile number,” she said.
Individuals cards are intended for entrepreneurs, performers, business professionals, consultants, freelancers or anybody hoping to develop their online presence.
Here’s how you can create your own ‘Google Virtual Visiting Card’
The individuals who want to make their own Google virtual visiting card can do so by either searching by their own name or entering a search query “Add Me To Search” in Google. You can’t do this on a desktop browser as of now, only the mobile browsers are supported right now.
Before you do that, ensure you’re marked in to the Google account which contains the data you wish to include in your card.
Search for ‘add me to search’ in your mobile browser and click on get started.
After you click on get started, Google will take you to the next page where you have to fill all your details like your name, location, occupation, education, hobbies, website link, social profile links, phone number, email id etc.
The more information you provide to Google it makes it easier for people to find you. Though some people don’t want to add their phone number in this case, it is mandatory for authentication purposes. It will prevent you from spammers who can create a fake person card with your name.
Fill all your details and click on preview, check all the details, and click on the Save button. Hurray! your person card is created successfully.
If you’re not located in India, No worries you can still create your people card by using a VPN.
This new feature by Google, like Lauren Clark said, is going to help so many freelancers, self-employed, entrepreneurs and startups. This can be a new way of branding, reaching out to your audience, and promoting your brand under your name. You’re just 3 steps away from your own Google Virtual Visiting Card, making your online presence with Google’s new virtual visiting card today.
What is virtual visiting card?
Google virtual visiting cards are virtual cards that can be created on Google Search. These cards are designed to help people who want to be discovered online and who want to share their work.