Change What Google Apps Will Say About You

About Me is a new Google site that lets you control what people see about you. According to the site, “Changes you make here show up across Google services like Drive, Photos, Google+ & others.” You can change your name, photo, sites, gender, birthday and occupation. If you click the “+” button, you can also add work contact info, personal contact info, education, work history and places. You’ll soon be able to see what information is shown to other people across Google services in this card.

The site is a work-in-progress. Not everything works just yet but obviously Google’s programmers are hard at work on it. Again, this only controls what is displayed about you on the Google sites where you contribute information, including Google Drive,Google Photos, Google+ & other Google-specific services. It does not change anything when anyone searches for your name in a standard Google search.

I wonder if this might be a first effort by Google to address the “right to privacy” issues that are generating so much negative publicity these days in Europe? Rather than trying to figure out how to restrict what Google displays about you, it may be easier for the company to say to every user, “YOU can write the words that are shown to others.”

You can view your present public Google+ profile and change the information it displays about you at https://aboutme.google.com.

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