Decide what the world sees when it searches for you

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 | 4:11 PM

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Admit it: You’ve searched for yourself on Google. We all have. No shame there, in fact you should. If you haven’t searched for yourself, then you’ve probably searched for friends, classmates or co-workers.

Two years ago, we launched Google Profiles to help you manage your online identity. Since then, we’ve enhanced profiles to help you connect to other public online services and improve your search results. Today, we’re starting to give Google Profiles a new look and feel, making it even easier for you to control and enrich your public profile.



We think this new design helps highlight the information that’s most important to you, making it easier for people who visit your profile to get to know you. As the new layout gradually rolls out, current users of Google Profiles will notice that their existing profile will automatically update to the new style. To update and add to your profile, simply click on the new “Edit Profile” button.

Because Google Profiles are designed to be public pages on the web, used to help connect and find real people, we’ll be asking people to provide the name they are commonly referred to in the real world. We recently outlined how we think about the different modes of online interaction across our products.

While profiles work well for individuals, we’ll continue to work on new ways for businesses to engage with their customers, so stay tuned for updates.

Don’t have a Google profile yet? Visit profiles.google.com and create a profile that best represents the way you want to be seen by the world.

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57 comments:

Sushubh said...

I might be wrong but these profile pages are simply not loading in the latest chrome dev channel edition. works fine in IE9.

Stecki said...

Seems so. I get a blank page in latest chrome dev (on mac).

Ryan Mills said...

Please turn on profiles for Google Apps!!!

Thanks!

gerenciandoblog.com.br said...

Hi!

It's great to know Google is always investing in profiles.

Unfortunatelly, I cant't see the new look yet. I'll wait for that!

Adelson Smania

Yishan said...

This is a welcome change. I really thought that what has long been missing from Google Profiles is that it just didn't look enough like my Facebook profile. Now that everything is in a familiar place, I will definitely use Google Profiles more as my main social networking tool.

BryanSays said...

Its working for me already. I think its a welcome change but does anyone else feel this is somewhat similar to the new facebook profiles?
Here is mine https://profiles.google.com/109465754207165924406

Jason 2.0 said...

From what I've read by some Googlers, there is a problem with the new Profiles using some versions of Chrome which should be fixed in the next day or two.

http://goo.gl/d5RTM
http://goo.gl/0pfsA

BryanSays said...

One thing that still hasn't changed about google profiles that bothers me is the Profile URL. The only two choices are email address or a long 21 digit profile id number. We need a third option where we can choose an alias for those of us that don't want everyone in the world to see our email address or the 21 digit number. When will this ever happen google?

Vimal said...

These are neat. Good job guys.

Ellery said...

Excellent. I've always wanted a profile from Google which looks like my Facebook profile, but without my friends or photos connected to it.

Ben said...

Ah, what a refreshing update! Thanks, Profiles team.

Dain Binder said...

Well done! This profile is fast becoming the one profile I direct people to. I love it.

To get full usage I think trimming the url would help. Get rid of the /profiles and allow for vanity names as a choice instead of the Gmail user name.

jonathan said...

no Google Apps = it's not live

Jorik said...

This is a very nice change, love the new designs!

Tom said...

Very nice!

DusanV said...

It was about time. But will buzz include the buzz from other people as well? So that it becomes a stream like FB? I suppose it will include complete buzz now, not just my posts?

A good thing would be to include the FB stream... don't know if that's possible? That would be a funny thing that would help people switch in no-time. :-)

so6209119 said...

Nice, but how do I change the language? Can't I see it in English when I am not in the US?

Rohit Agarwal said...

This looks much better than the original one. :-)

I have one suggestion - When you open http://www.google.com/profiles/xxx on a mobile device instead of showing the profile, it redirects you to some other page. It would be better if you don't do that. (I use my profile URL in my email signature and my signature becomes useless to those accessing mail from a mobile device.)

Ran said...

Will you please forward my profile from google.com/profiles to this new one? Currently google.com/profiles still points to the old profile layout. Also I think a more robust privacy feature is crucial. Perhaps the ability to select which contact group gets to see which items on my profile? This looks great though!

George Moschovitis said...

I would like to view my profile in English.

Andreas said...

Please make profiles available for Google Apps

Albert said...

Great Update. Waiting for the full social product from Google.

Brooke said...

Hey team, great update!

Everything works pretty seamlessly, but I've discovered just one small issue. On my Android phone, if I update my contact icon, it pushes it to Gmail, but it doesn't upload to the Profile Pictures album on Picasa.

Alternatively, if I update my profile pic in my Google Profile, the new pic pushes back to my phone.

I also noticed it's a bit flaky when I update my picture in Latitude on my phone. That seems to push to my Gmail account, but NOT my google profile pic. I think these should all integrate so there's only ever one profile pic for you.

Franz Enzenhofer said...

uh oh ... not quite ready, yet? ok, when i go to https://profiles.google.com/u/0/f.enzenhofer/about i seem my profile, but if i search i go to the encrzpted google search page and after search for me again i go to the old profile page (hosted at http://www.google.com/profiles/u/0/f.enzenhofer ) also all your sitempa.xml still point to the old profiles .... so yeah i understand why the people are currently all confused

Alkarex said...

Too bad the Flickr photos seems to be gone?

Michel A. said...

Not available in France :'(

ian said...

I like the new, clean design but miss some of the things taken away.

1. Flickr scroll up top. My activity is in Flickr, not Picasa. Let me embed something I use instead of forcing me to use something I don't.

2. "Something I still can't find on Google". What happened to the self-depreciating sense of humor?

3. This wasn't here before but, as another commenter said, I wish there was a way that I could chose my own Alias for the URL. Having to chose between an ugly url or revealing my email seems like a choice between wearing a gorilla suit or streaking.

Jorge E. Gómez said...

This is exactly the kind of update we were expecting. Great job.
Editing the profile on the Android browser is really frustrating, though. The Picasa albums don't scroll, some non-standard edit boxes don't bring up the keyboard, and editing a link in a long list is almost impossible. Please improve mobile UX.

angel_leigh said...

how does this control what people don't see about you when they do a search?

rektide said...

it's most unfortunate my Buzz history is not what the world sees. how bout making Buzz crawl-able?

Martin said...

No Google profiles for (paying!) Google Apps users?

No website URLs as part of home and business addresses?

No more picture import from other websites?

Low quality profile pictures copied from old Google profile by default?

Comm'on, you can do better …

bozz13 said...

it looks very simple design, I like this. Thank's a lot

Kristian said...

Anyone else having difficulty with using the new Profile page for OpenID authentication?

Angelique said...

Okay, so is this new design not for everyone? There's no change to my Google profile, even after I added some information.

Kristian said...

Apparently, RSS of Buzz posts are missing, too.

Does the removal of the Sidewiki tab mean Sidewiki is becoming defunct?

VideoFormadoresTv said...

Google siempre esta por delante con opciones tan buenas como estas, gracias por el trabajo que realizan.

David Laroche said...

I would welcome Google Profiles with a Google Apps account ...
I did like it very much, when I was still using Google Account + Google Apps Account. I thought the implementation of Profiles in Google Apps Account would go a bit quicker.

Jo Guetta said...

good improvement. but still a lot of requests from users. Please note! good luck

Meow said...

Google should move Buzz to Profile entirely.

Ed Michael Reggie - Sotto Voce said...

For several months I have noticed that Google Profiles no longer appear on page one of search returns for most people. I hope that this upgrade resolves that problem. You can't "decide what the world sees when it searches for you" if they can't find your profile.

Graham said...

Except.... I can't do this because I had the temerity to want to use my domain in my email and so have google apps!

No profiles allowed on Google Apps..

Red_Drago said...

Dear google .. just giving more emphasis to the profile picture and reworked the layout .. all that empty space below the photo would be better to fill it with the user section link?

Torben Rick said...

But why is this than http://www.google.com/profiles/torbenrick still the old deisgn?

Howard T. Welser said...

The layout has a great deal of wasted space (below the photo, and below each section heading).

Perhaps this works well for the pictured example which has very little information in the about section, but does not work well me.

The new design seems to have lost functionality in terms of displaying photos [I had to manually select each of 5 images for the 'scrapbook' from my previously designated Picassa set.

A superior alternative would be to allow a couple of layout templates like are available in blogger. This would help users tune their display to meet the goals they have for their profile.

rudmax said...

It's a welcome concept.

Gaurav Jain said...

Hi @Ryan Mills, @jonathan, @Andreas, @Martin and @David Laroche @Graham - I'm a Product Manager for Google Apps. We're working to bring Profiles to Google Apps as well - stay tuned!

squibble said...

The links on the profiles are nofollowed links ? I trust these links, I have placed them myself and it is my profile page. Why would they have nofollow tags which are for untrusted and paid links ?

María said...

I live in a country where I don´t understand the language. Why all the no-user-generated content in the profiles appears by default in the language of the country where I access from?

Alain-Christian said...

Yeah... Google Buzz scared me away from using anything Social Related on Google. I really don't want to relive that.

Me said...

Why can't we just post a buzz comment right from out profile page instead of going between gmail and profile page back and forth....

Brad said...

@Gaurav Jain - There are a lot of Google Apps users that are waiting desperately for Profiles to be available for us as well. Look forward to when you release it! (any timeframes you can give?)

Swappy said...

So far looks good , But I believe Google is becoming more desperate with social, so many efforts on NEW products and older ones are set to die .. Orkut, Wave, Buzz, all the same ..
+1 is a nice initiative , but Smthng seems to be lacking on new Google Profile.
1. There should not be the boundation for it being Public, I dn't mind much , but I know people, who do.
2. User Base research is smthng which seems to be lacking in recent items , It's like what Google Wants, now What user wants.

Gary said...

Where's the +1 button for enabling full profiles with Apps accounts?

vineet's era said...

this is much better then the previous profiles design !!

bteoman said...

When i google myself, i can't find my google profile in result...

סמי ריהוט עתיק said...

WOW. that's a great feature. like always - thanks google.

Dors said...

Great profiles, Buss and Picasa Photos. Well done Google.