Google's About Me page helps users control personal info

New page shows users what personal info others can see

People concerned about how much information is out there about them on Google have a new way to control what everyone can see.

Without any fanfare, Google has begun rolling out an About Me page to make it easier for people to control what others can see about them across Google services.

The page should be welcome news to people concerned about their privacy, according to Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with ZK Research.

"With this feature, there are no changes to what information people can see, but a way for people to better control what people can see about them across Google services in one place," a Google spokesperson wrote in an email to Computerworld.

Google, with its myriad services like Gmail, search, YouTube and productivity apps, has been collecting a lot of information about its users.

The About Me page, which is tailored for each user, contains information like work history, contact information, educational background and places the user has lived, along with gender and birthday.

The page also enables users to edit or delete information that they don't want people to be able to see.

Information on the page had lived within Google+ users' profiles. People could edit their information there. The issue, though, is that Google+ isn't nearly as ubiquitous as Facebook, for instance, so respectively not many people had access to their profile information.

"People who don't have a Google+ profile now have the option of sharing more information if they'd like," the Google spokesperson wrote. "But they are not required to, and by default, they won't be sharing any new information unless they decide to and make those changes."

Kerravala said this should make it easier for people to take control over what information is out there about them on various Google services.

"Well, it varies by person, but, in general, I think there is a fair amount of fear regarding the information Google has on everyone," he said. "Now I can share it in the way I'm most comfortable. It certainly lets people customize what people can know and not know about them... I think people who are concerned with their privacy will use this."

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Latest Videos

More Videos

I found decent information in your article. I am impressed with how nicely you described this subject, It is a gainful article for us. Th...

Daniel Hughes

What 1800 Flowers is doing to create a consistent customer communications experience

Read more

Extremely informative. One should definitely go through the blog in order to know different aspects of the Retail Business and retail Tec...

Sheetal Kamble

SAP retail chief: Why more retailers need to harness data differently

Read more

It's actually a nice and helpful piece of info. I am satisfied that you shared this helpful information with us. Please stay us informed ...

FIO Homes

How a brand facelift and content strategy turned real estate software, Rockend, around

Read more

I find this very strange. The Coles store i shop in still has Flouro lights? T though this would have been the 1st thing they would have ...

Brad

Coles launches new sustainability initiative

Read more

Well, the conversion can be increased by just using marketing, but in general if you are considering an example with Magento, then it is ...

Bob

How Remedy is using digital marketing and commerce to drive conversion

Read more

Blog Posts

Why conflict can be good for your brand

Conflict is essentially a clash. When between two people, it’s just about always a clash of views or opinions. And when it comes to this type of conflict, more than the misaligned views themselves, what we typically hate the most is our physiological response.

Kathy Benson

Chief client officer, Ipsos

Brand storytelling lessons from Singapore’s iconic Fullerton hotel

In early 2020, I had the pleasure of staying at the newly opened Fullerton Hotel in Sydney. It was on this trip I first became aware of the Fullerton’s commitment to brand storytelling.

Gabrielle Dolan

Business storytelling leader

You’re doing it wrong: Emotion doesn’t mean emotional

If you’ve been around advertising long enough, you’ve probably seen (or written) a slide which says: “They won’t remember what you say, they’ll remember how you made them feel.” But it’s wrong. Our understanding of how emotion is used in advertising has been ill informed and poorly applied.

Zac Martin

Senior planner, Ogilvy Melbourne

Sign in