• http://www.seoish.com patrick sexton

    Danny, this will help some people, but not the majority….

    If you are currently linking to your Google profile and wish it to display the “about” tab by default, you can use the variable “#about” example, a link to my profile with the about page as default would look like:

    http://www.google.com/profiles/guidelineguy#about

    Even this however (especially in slower browsers / connections) will show for a split second the buzz tab before going to the about, but I think it is worth a mention.

  • http://muellerandrew.com andrewmueller

    Interesting post Danny,

    With the recent focus on Real-Time search it kind of makes sense for people search to default to the dynamic rather then the relatively static content. That said there is the other side of the coin when you want people to arrive on your static profile first. Of course it is easy enough once they find you, to click over to the about me tab.

    And yes, it is a feels a bit strange that these decisions about how our digital calling cards and information are displayed and relate to each other are made for us. I suspect finer levels of control will be built on as Buzz matures, but personally I prefer that Google launches early as I believe in the Steve Blanks work on the customer development process (launch early and iterate frequently based on customer actions). It will be exactly these types of issues will help Google get real feedback and hopefully make decisions based on that feedback to meet our needs and desires.

    Also this is only an issue for search results. When we want to link to our profile we can do so directly to the \about me\ page.

    btw, it would have been awesome to have been able to simultaneously post this comment to both the buzz thread and the comment on the original blog post!

    Thanks for making me think about this.

  • http://www.fuelinteractive.com/ briancarter

    Totally agree you should be able to opt out of Buzz and keep the profile. And that it makes more sense to send you to the “about me” first, not Buzz. Just creating those few more options is a simple solution for Google.

    But… as I’ve seen in AdWords (with query parsing and geotargeting), sometimes they don’t create an option for you, and you wonder if it’s neglect, or a strategy. Given Google’s capabilities, I usually assume the latter.