Control what appears about you on Google Search Results

Apr 22, 2009

Searched for your own name on search engines and not satisfied with the search results? Someone else you share a name with is dominating the results? Want to control what people see when they search for you name in search engines? Now you can do that because search giant Google is trying to users more control over what information appears when someone searches for their names.

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To give you better control over what people find when they search for your name, Google have started to show Google profile results at the bottom of U.S. name-query search pages. These results offer abbreviated information from user-created Google profiles and a link to their full profiles.

“When searching for yourself to see what others would find, results can be varied and aren’t always what you want people to see — whether it’s someone else with your name, or the finishing time from that 5K you ran back in 2002. We want to make that better and give you more of a voice,” Google Software Engineer Brian Stoler said in a official blog post.

Google profiles contain basic information and pictures that people don’t mind sharing. Concise profiles are displayed along with results of searches on people’s names to allow a little control of one’s online image. Besides profile, Google also added links with profile search results so it’s easy to search for the same name on MySpace, Facebook, Classmates and LinkedIn.

No Google profile? Want to create one today? “Just search for [me] and follow the instructions at the top of the page to create one,” Stoler added. “In just a few minutes, you can create a public profile that represents you and that appears when people search for your name on Google”.

via: Google Blog

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