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Google Launches People Cards In Africa

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Dec. 11, 2020, 2:49 p.m.

Google has announced the launch of People Cards, a mobile-only search feature that makes people more discoverable on Google.

The People Card is a virtual card that enables individuals to build up their online presence by including details about themselves or their businesses they want to share with the public.

“For those without a formal website, or for people who share a name with many others, Oluminde Bologun, Head of Consumer Apps, Sub Saharan Africa at Google, “this is an easy way to create or distinguish their presence on Search”.

“A critical part of creating for Africa means building in line with the insights we are seeing from the region. We see that people in Africa want a search tool that reflects their real environment and also supports them to succeed as they go about their everyday hustle which is why the People Card creator is in full control of their information at all times; they choose what they would like to make public and if they would like to remove it,” he added.

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To create a card, simply tap on the “add me to Search” option and from there, click on the “Get started” button. Details such as name, photo, location, links to social profiles and other relevant information are required to complete the process in creating a card.

For security purposes, Google allows one profile card per account with a unique phone number to authenticate. Individuals with the same name are provided with information modules that help to distinguish their profiles.

Additionally, people can delete their card or report abusive content and impersonation claims through a feedback link.

People cards are currently accessible to users in South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya.

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