Google Consolidates Ad Preferences Managers, Now Called Google Ads Settings

Google has been rolling out updates to its Ads Preferences Manager, where users can adjust their account settings for personalized ad delivery, or Interest Based Advertising. The page is now succinctly called Ads Settings. The new Ad Settings page features a cleaner interface, but the main theme is consolidation. Now, instead of separate Ads Preferences Managers for signed-in ads on search and Gmail, ads on YouTube, and ads on the Google Display Network, there’s a single page containing them all. Users can opt-out of personalized ad serving on search and Gmail and on the Google Display [...]

New: Save Your Google Search Settings & Take Them With You

google-g-logo-2012 That annoying thing when you do a Google search on your desktop computer, then you're searching again on your laptop an hour later, and maybe searching on your iPad an hour after that ... and you have to redo your search preferences each time? Or maybe you're searching in Chrome one minute, but you switch over to Firefox to run some other searches, and then you end up doing some searches in Safari, too? And your search results look different in each browser because the settings are different? Those are over and done with. Google has announced that searchers can now save their search [...]

Journalists Get Their Profiles Featured In Google News … Their Google+ Profiles, That Is

Google News will soon start highlighting journalists' profiles in Google News. But rather than highlighting the profiles from their primary website/writing venue, Google will be highlighting their Google+ profiles. In a blog post today, Google showed an example of how the profiles will be featured within Google News. The journalist has to first have a Google account that's linked to their articles, and when that's the case, Google News will show the journalist's Google account profile photo along with information about his/her from Google+ -- how many followers and an "Add to circles [...]

How To Create Your Digital Footprint With Links

At the SMX Advanced Conference in Seattle last June, Google announced it was supporting the HTML5 "rel" attribute in anchor tags for the "author" and "me" variables. To me, this was very interesting news. I have been in the business of content development for a long time (stretching back deep into the 1990s), and Google’s announcement meant they were interested in tracking who was authoring what content. This makes sense, as Year 2011 for Google has been all about their multiple Panda algorithm updates, which favor higher quality content as a page ranking factor. If Google can identify au [...]

The Bassackwardness Of Being Verified On Twitter, Facebook & Google+

verified-stamp-featured As we await for Google+ to figure out however it wants to handle verified accounts, it's worth reflecting how Google already has a verification system in place that's been lost and how Twitter's supposedly "closed" program continues on in stealth mode. Why can't either of these companies get it right? And why can't Facebook even try? Twitter & Verification Let's start with Twitter. Cast your mind back to June 2009. After growing complaints that it was hard to know who was real, including from celebrities tired of being impersonated, Twitter launched Verified Accounts. These accounts a [...]

Google’s “Me On The Web” Pushes Google Profiles — Take That, Facebook?

google me on the web Google has launched a new "Me On The Web" section within its Google Dashboard area, which seems designed to push more people toward creating Google Profiles, as well as create greater awareness of how things that leak out of Facebook and other social networks may end up on Google. The Facebook Factor Perhaps I'm reading too much into the feature. But I think it has to be taken in context with Facebook's recent accusations that Google has been somehow been secretly collecting information about people from Facebook and other social networks without their permission or their knowledge. Exami [...]

Reports: Google CEO Page Ties Bonuses To Social Success, Reorganizes Google Mgmt. Team

larry-page-144wide 2011 bonuses for Google employees are reportedly being tied to how well the company fares in its efforts to integrate social elements across Google products. That's according to two reports from Silicon Alley Insider -- reports that say the news first spread in a company-wide memo last Friday from co-founder (and now new CEO) Larry Page. There are also reports tonight that Page has promoted a half-dozen Google execs to new senior vice president roles; more on that below. SAI has published a screenshot that it says is an internal Google FAQ describing a "2011 Multiplier" affecting employe [...]

Hidden In Google Profiles: More Social Network Connections On The Way?

Is Google readying several new "connect an account" options in Google Profiles? Today, if you visit the connected accounts settings for your profile, Google offers a dropdown with six options: Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Quora, Twitter and Yelp. But, as James Slater pointed out today, there are several additional social account options that appear to be hidden in Google's system. Slater noticed that each of the existing options is associated with an ID number, but those IDs range from 3 (Twitter) to 18 (Flickr) with several numbers not being used. MySpace is associated with ID=2, for ex [...]

Google Redesigns Google Profiles

Google announced they have revamped the design for Google Profiles. Google said the new profile design is "even easier for you to control and enrich your public profile." Here are before and after pictures of my profile: Before: After: As you can see, the profiles do look slicker and more "social," as you would expect from a Facebook or Twitter design. For more information on Google Profiles, see Hoping To Improve People Search, Google Launches "Profile Results" or the related stories below. Related Stories Hoping To Improve People Search, Google Launches "Prof [...]

Will “Google Me” Be A Worthy Facebook Challenger Or Will It Be DOA?

Let's take "Google Me" seriously as a social networking site, successor to Orkut and overall Facebook challenger. As everyone by now knows Digg's Kevin Rose started a wave of coverage when he asserted over the weekend, in a Twitter post now removed, that Google was working on a Facebook competitor. Yesterday I asked Google for a comment and received a friendly but anonymous response: "We do not comment on rumor or speculation." Of course not. That almost certainly means that something is coming. I told several people yesterday that it was probably a beefed up version of Google Profil [...]

Google Dashboard Offers New Privacy Controls

Google has launched a new privacy dashboard -- technically just called Google Dashboard -- that gives users quicker access to, and more control over, the personal information stored in Google's databases. The dashboard is a one-stop shop for managing this data and the settings that are associated with the Google products you use when signed in to your Google account. "We recognize how important our users' trust is, so we're looking for ways to be more transparent," says Shuman Ghosemajumder, Google's Business Product Manager for Trust & Safety. "Over the last 11 years we've launched a [...]

Google Giving Away 250,000 Google Profile Business Cards

Google has teamed up with to offer free Google Profile business cards to the first 10,000 people who claim them. Each person can get a set of 25 cards that shows the home page with his/her Google Profile URL underneath it in green. If you're logged in to your Google account, you should see the offer available at the top of your profile. It can also be accessed here: The offer is only available in the continental U.S., and Google says the cards should arrive within 10-12 days. You'll have to create an acco [...]

Hoping To Improve People Search, Google Launches “Profile Results”

Ever searched for yourself on Google and come away dissatisfied, especially if someone else you share a name with seems to dominate the results? Ever looked for someone else and been disappointed that you couldn't find the person you wanted? Google's new "Profile Results" launching today aim to correct both problems. Since the end of 2007, Google has allowed people to create Google Profile pages for use with certain Google services. For example, if you created content in Google Maps, your Google Profile let you share who you were with others using that service. The same profile also [...]

Google Unifying And Putting More Emphasis On “Profiles”

Google Operating System discusses the integration of Google Profiles into most Google services and products and the unification of disparate profiles into a single master profile. Whether and how this might ultimately be integrated with Google's newly reinvigorated social network, Orkut, is unclear. Although they are much less extensive, Profiles may turn out to be to Orkut what Shopping became to Froogle -- a successor and repositioned product. As Google Operating System points out, the new Profiles are already in use in several areas on Google, such as Maps and Reader. Many things are inte [...]

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