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Education and business sectors are just two of the most affected in this time of the pandemic. Most of the schools are forced to postpone the classes, and businesses were having a hard time coping with the ‘new normal.'
However, Google has been in the run to extend its hand to the affected schools of India, partnering with its largest states Maharashtra. The search giant is bound to provide a digital platform for over 23 million students and teachers of India.
Moreover, in terms of business, Google has provided a new search engine feature that allows users' names to be discoverable online. Google calls it the 'people cards' that made freelancers, influencers, entrepreneurs, and other users a platform to create their virtual business cards.
The new feature will help users for their profiles to be searchable on the internet easily along with their information and identity. It will be available in India first, but chances are that Google will expand the service if it turns out well.
How does it work?
Users can toggle the new Google feature when they sign in on their Google account and search their name on Google. A form will be available once the users tapped the new option like “get started” or “add me to Search" after searching their names.
The form will enable them to set their profile by including a short description of themselves. Users can also provide their pictures, which will be by default since Google will fetch the users’ photos in their Google accounts.
Users also have options to include links to their websites, social media, and provide their email address, phone numbers, professional details, and even their educational backgrounds.
The search giant did not forget to mention about the safety and security measures that they will be incorporating for the new feature to avoid issues as per the Product Manager for Search at Google wrote in a blog post.
“We have a number of mechanisms to protect against abusive or spammy content, and if you come across low-quality information or a card that you believe was created by an impersonator, you can tap the feedback link to let us know. If you no longer want your people card to appear in Search, you can delete it anytime.”
Similarly, Google’s people cards are more like LinkedIn of its rival Microsoft. LinkedIn started with the same feature, letting people create their personal and professional profiles to connect clients and employers.
It is common knowledge that Google has been trying to include the same functionalities of LinkedIn on its search feeds that two years ago when Google incorporate job listing function, which let users discover job listings in India that was soon expands in the U.S.