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Google Profiles Now Indexable in Search Engines

Call them Google versions of business cards, Geocities 2.0 or call them what you will, I consider Google Profiles to be the building block to the foundation of Google’s social map in the interactive Internet world, weaving basic user information which the user chooses to share within Google results; whether that info be LinkedIn style business information or family & friend style photo sharing.

Google Profiles, whatever they will morph into, are now being indexed by search engines, as Google has lifted the noindex style command from their robots.txt files, and instituted a new form of sitemaps.xml for the profiles which deem them crawlable by the engines.

Garett Rogers writes :

Just about a half hour ago, Google added a new line into their robots.txt file which makes all those profiles (or at least 50,000 of them) crawlable by search engines. The new entry tells search engines to use “http://www.gstatic.com/s2/sitemaps/profiles-sitemap.xml” as a sitemap. The sitemap looks something like this:

http://www.gstatic.com/s2/sitemaps/sitemap-000.txt

2008-10-15

http://www.gstatic.com/s2/sitemaps/sitemap-001.txt

2008-10-15

Garet believes Google will launch a people Onebox at one point, like they have for local and books. I believe such a Onebox would have a slew of new ways to connect and share information with these people, or also do research on them, their companies and backgrounds; especially with the addition of FriendFeed style functionality.

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Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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11 thoughts on “Google Profiles Now Indexable in Search Engines

  1. To edit your profile, you can’t just log into your Igoogle account. You have to go to Maps.google.com then go to My Profile.

    They have added a Bio field that allows minimal formatting and links, as well as a links section.

  2. @Content Writing Advice – The links field has been there for some time. I had forgotten about Google profiles until I read this post, and when I finally got back into mine I saw my existing links to my blog, my old website, and by default my reader links was there.

    Google’s help section says just to click on My Profile in the upper right corner to edit your profile, yet the only place in Google I have found that link is when I’m on maps.google.com. If there is a way to get direct access to this from other sections in Google I’d love to know where.

    BTW, way to comment spam SEJ with a “name” like that…Sigh.

  3. I think it may just be an oversight right now with Google and accessibility. I’ve always found that their paths to their internal platforms has always been a bit wonky. For example, you can’t get to “My Account” from Gmail like you can in the other google properties.

  4. My Profile was nowhere to be found. I ended up googling it and was surprised that a bit of content was already filled in.

    Providing school, work and interest information will also help Google sell the data to advertisers who may want to further target their ads.

    I hear Orkut is HUGE in India and Brazil? Never seemed to catch on in North America.

  5. Funny story: I caught word of this a couple days ago, and landed over here trying to find the address to update my profile. Google sure is backwards sometimes. Thanks for the Maps tip @contentwritingadvice and the direct URL, @briancarter.

  6. The problem is… the sitemap is now gone! It disappeared on April 22, 2013 and has been 404 ever since! Help track down the new sitemap location!