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Google Gives Users Control of Results

Posted on: April 2009

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Google has launched another search engine application in America which gives users control over the results.

Whether you’re curious or bored, looking yourself up online is one way to discover exactly how much other people can find out about you.

The results can be surprising, but also a little depressing if you find yourself clicking through several pages without as much as a mention.

But that could be about to change.

Google, the world’s most popular search engine, is giving people in the US the power to control some of the results given when someone searches their name.

The company has started showing Google ‘profiles’ at the bottom of the page on name based searches.

It’s announced on its official blog that it wanted to improve searches and give users “more of a voice”.

Anyone can create a profile with information about themselves, including links to MySpace, Facebook and other social networking sites.

Google software engineer Brian Stoler wrote: “In just a few minutes, you can create a public profile that represents you, and that appears when people search for your name on Google.”

A Google profile can contain any information a user chooses to share, including links and pictures.

Currently the facility is only available to users in the US.