Google introduces virtual visiting card in India
Google has come up with a new Search feature called people cards in India. The people cards feature is a virtual visiting card on Search for users looking to build up their own online presence.
This feature allows influencers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, or anyone else who wants to be easily discovered online to create a personal virtual visiting card. However, the People cards feature currently only supports English language.
This appears to be the company’s latest attempt to add more LinkedIn -esque functionalities into its search engine. People card appears to be Google’s attempt to bring more functionality options into their Search and thereby reduce a user’s reliance on many other services.
With the help of this feature users can create the people cards about themselves by signing into their Google account and then looking up their name on Google search. This will further prompt a new option called add me to Search or get started. Once a user taps on this a form will open This form will ask users for a bio (description) of themselves, their picture (by default, Google fetches the image associated with a user’s Google account), links to their website and social media profiles, and as option will also ask for their address, phone number, email address, education, and work details.
Google said that more the information a user provides, the easier it would be for others users to find them on Google Search.
The company said it has rolled out the feature first in the Indian market because of a special attraction that users of the world’s second largest internet market have revealed. The Indian users have an affinity for looking up their own names on the Google search engine.
The company further added that it has put in place several measures to curb potential misuse of the new feature. One of which is limiting the number of people cards a Google account can create. The number has been set to one.
Lauren Clark, Product Manager for Search at Google, in a blog post said, “We have several mechanisms to protect against abusive or spam content, and if you come across low quality information or a card that you believe was created by an impersonator, you can tap the feedback link to let us know. If you no longer want your people card to appear in Search, you can delete it at any time.”
Two years ago, the company had also added jobs listing discovery feature to Search in India after unveiling it in the US.