In a limited start, Google is testing virtual business cards in search results that appear when a person is searched for.

With the new "Person Cards" from Google, now launched in India, individuals can stand out in search results like never before.

Gaining presence in search results as an individual can prove challenging, especially for those who are not famous or who share the same name with many other people.

It can be difficult for searchers to find information on specific people if they don't have a strong online presence.

Google wants to address these challenges with personality cards:

“Today we're solving these challenges with a new feature called People Cards. It's like a virtual business card where you can highlight your existing website or social profiles that you want visitors to visit, as well as other information about yourself that you want others to know. "

Person cards are intended for business people, artists, influencers, entrepreneurs, job seekers, freelancers or anyone who wants to expand their online presence.

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A person card can contain a website link, links to social profiles, and other information you want users to know about you.

If you search for a person's name and they have a person card, a module will appear with their name, profession and location. The module can be tapped to view the full map.

Multiple modules are displayed for people with the same name. Searchers can use the information provided to distinguish between different people.

Add to search: Google launches virtual business cards

How to create a person card

Those who are able to create their own person card can do so by either searching for their name or by entering the query "add me to search."

Before doing this, make sure you're signed in to the Google Account that contains the information you want to add.

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After entering "Add to Search", click the prompt that appears.

From there, you can add the following details to your personality card:

  • The picture from your Google account
  • A description of you
  • A website link
  • Links to social profiles
  • Phone number
  • Email-address

You can decide how much of the above information you want to include in your personality card.

However, as Google notes, "the more information you provide, the easier it is for people to find you."

People don't need to show their phone number, but Google does require it for authentication.

Google wants to ensure that personal cards contain reliable information by implementing strict quality control measures.

"Our goal in searching is to always ensure that users find helpful and reliable information. So we have a number of safeguards and controls in place to ensure the quality of the information on identity cards."

These measures prevent other people from setting up a person card on your behalf and filling it with spam, for example.

Person cards will be introduced starting today in English for people in India who search on mobile phones.

Not located in India?

People outside of India have managed to set up their own personal card using a VPN.

Aleyda Solis shared a screenshot of her personnel card on Twitter, which was successfully added to the search results:

I received my People Card from Google. Strangely, when I reported my social presence on Twitter or Facebook, I got an error message telling me 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 over a VPN.

Go to the mobile version! 🙂

– Aleyda Solis (@aleyda) August 11, 2020

However, your mileage can be very high. Responses to Solis' original tweet indicate that a lot of people are struggling to set one up.

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If you manage to set one up, keep in mind that it will only be visible to seekers in India.

Google's announcement made no mention of when or if this feature would be introduced in the US.

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