In a limited launch, Google is testing virtual business cards in search results that show up when a person’s name is searched for.
Now rolling out in India, Google’s new ‘people cards’ let individuals highlight themselves in search results like never before.
How to Create a People Card
Enter the query “add me to search” and you’ll the option to create a people card at the top of the screen.
Tap on “Get started” to begin creating your card.
Fill out your information. Tap the button to get started. You’ll see the following screen:
The required fields appear first, which are:
Below the required fields you’ll see a section of additional information you can include if you want to.
The fields shown in the screenshot below are all optional. You add as many or as few as you wish.
Google will let you add links to the following social profiles:
For the most part you will be able to enter all information manually. There are two exceptions – email and phone number.
Google automatically populates the email and phone number fields with the information in your Google account. You can’t change the email or phone number on your people card without changing it in your Google account.
Of course, you could choose to not display those fields at all if you’d prefer not to reveal your personal email or phone number.
After you fill out the fields in step 2, the only thing left to do is preview the card before it goes live.
Once you’re satisfied with how your card looks, save it and it will be immediately indexed in search results.
To see what it looks like in search results after it goes live just look up your name.
That’s all there is to it. Keep in mind Google’s people cards will only be visible to searchers in India.
There’s no word from Google on if or when this feature will make its way other countries. But if you set one up now you’ll be ready for a wider rollout.
Not located in India?
People located outside of India have managed to set up their own people card through the use of a VPN.
Aleyda Solis shared a screenshot on Twitter of her people card being successfully added to search results:
Got my People Card on Google… funnily, when specifying my social presence in Twitter or Facebook I got an error saying to try something more specific 😅 pic.twitter.com/1QGkyggdtb
— Aleyda Solis (@aleyda) August 11, 2020
Solis notes that she was able to do this by visiting the mobile version of Google through a VPN.
More Information About People Cards
Gaining a presence in search results as an individual can prove to be challenging, especially for those who aren’t famous or share the same name with many other people.
For searchers, it can be challenging to find information about specific people if they don’t have a strong online presence.
Google aims to address these challenges with people cards:
“Today, we are solving these challenges with a new feature called people cards. It’s like a virtual visiting card, where you can highlight your existing website or social profiles you want people to visit, plus other information about yourself that you want others to know.”
People cards are designed for business professionals, performers, influencers, entrepreneurs, job hunters, freelancers, or anyone looking to grow their presence online.
A people card can include a website link, links to social profiles, and any other information you want people to know about you.
When you search for someone’s name, and they have a people card, you’ll see a module with their name, profession and location. The module can be tapped on to see the full card.
Further examples of people cards can be seen below.