the new improved google profiles – good or bad?

Google Profiles generated a lot of noise in the past week, the Google Profiles have been around since the end of 2007 and last week Google updated the service so users can add all sorts of information about themselves, like:

  • Their picture
  • Their first and/or last name
  • Your nickname
  • Where you grew up
  • Where you live
  • Where you work
  • Schools you’ve attended
  • A biography
  • Links to web sites you wish to list
  • Pictures from your Picasa, Flickr or other online photo albums
  • Contact information, which can be shared selectively with people

All these new features were added to improve people search, have you ever Googled your name or a friend’s name and was disappointed with the results? With these updates Google hopes to solve these issues.

Your profile is a web page, so far all the links in there don’t have the nofollow tag, so it is a good place to add personal links, for example from your blog or your website, you can also personalise the URL of your profile mine is http://www.google.com/profiles/felipesplinter.

Do we really need to expose ourselves by adding as much information as possible on our Google Profile and could it go against us in a future situation?

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