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Google Profiles:  How to create a quick, easy networking page

You may already have a Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace and Twitter page. 

Or perhaps you are just the opposite and you have resisted setting up any pages at all. 

Then Google Profile is for you.  Either of you

While I may seem to contradict myself, in fact Google Profile appeals to both populations for, I believe, similar but different reasons.

Simple, straightforward, easy to configure and maintain, the new Google public profile page provides a quick, easy way for people to find you. 

If this is your only social networking site, you can simply allow old friends you send you an e-mail to get back in touch, without even revealing your e-mail address online if you don't want to.  

If you are a social network veteran like me, you can tie all your other profiles, blogs, websites and any other web presence together in one neat bundle for people to reference on a single, easily searchable page.

You can also:

  • add a picture, if you wish
  • provide hometown, current residence and places you have lived before -- they'll be shown on a handy pin-map
  • provide names of comapnies you have worked for
  • list schools you attended

The nice thing about Google Profile is it doesn't probe for tons of detail -- it asks for a simple list -- where did you live, where did you go to school, where are you now.  Easy stuff.  You can set up a page in 5 minutes flat.  Here's mine (www.google.com/profiles/lori.roets), as an example. Simple. Clean.  Straightforward.



Since it's a Google feature,  the page is immediately indexed into Google's search results and appears at the bottom of the first page of search results.  If you included a picture, it will be displayed with the results.  So, if someone is looking for you, they will locate your profile page easily with as much or as little contact data you have elected to provide.    In this example, searching for "Lori Roets", provided 3310 results, with my new Google Profile (highlighted) at the bottom of the first page (results cropped for space):

If you already have a Google account, go to www.google.com, sign in, click on 'My Account' in the upper right and then select 'Edit Profile'. 

If you do not have a Google account, go to www.google.com, click 'Sign in', then click 'Create an account now' in the lower right corner.  You'll be prompted to create your account and profile. 

For additional information on Google profiles, check out these timely articles:
Computerworld - Google Profiles:  How and Why to Get Started
CIO - Google Lets Web Users Create Facebook-like Pages with Google Profiles