Google profile ties together search and social

Just came across this via a tweet from @jopkins – Google profile.  Fairly simple idea where you fill out a short bio, contact info and add social network links to increase searchability through Google.

Here’s mine.

Google describes it as:

A Google profile is simply how you present yourself on Google products to other Google users. It allows you to control how you appear on Google and tell others a bit more about who you are. With a Google profile, you can easily share your web content on one central location. You can include, for example, links to your blog, online photos and other profiles, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and more. You have control over what others see. Your profile won’t display any private information unless you’ve explicitly added it.

Anyone with a Google account can sign up and providing you tick the box that marks your enables your full name to be searched upon it makes you a lot easier to find and also pulls together your social network links into one place too.

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{updated} Now with vanity URL switched on: http://www.google.com/profiles/BeckyMcMichael

Twitter and Summize…a match made in heaven?

So Twitter has bought Summize, not exactly unexpectedly and turned out to be a bit of a non-story…as with so many things, the story was in the speculation I guess with the main discussion happening last week.

So what will it mean for Twitter then and its loyal users?

A sketch of search inside Twitter

According to the Twitter blog….

Like Twitter, Summize offers an API so other products and services can filter the constant queue of updates in a variety of ways. The Summize service and API will be merged with our own and integrated under the Twitter brand.

There is an undeniable need to search, filter, and otherwise interact with the volumes of news and information being transmitted to Twitter every second. We will be adding search and its related features to the core offering of Twitter in the very near future. In the meantime, everyone is welcome to access search.twitter.com—there’s no need for a Twitter account.

Good news if you ask me.

Summize is a great tool and in my opinion it is the best way of using Twitter for PR research.  It provides an instant snapshot of the live conversation about any given topic, product, company or person at any time.

Combine that with 5 new engineers now on the Twitter payroll and it might just help keep the fail whale away too…