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Create your Google profile ASAP. - Elf M. Sternberg
Create your Google profile ASAP.
Go to Google right now and type "me" into the search box. You'll be given a chance to secure your name as Google knows it, and create a profile, a starting point, which you can "encourage" Google to give to people rather than allowing them to hunt around randomly.

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bikerwalla From: bikerwalla Date: April 22nd, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I'm dismayed that their "verify your name" process doesn't work for me, because their offsite untraceable database doesn't have my current phone number, and I only have a debit card.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 22nd, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
There also is this tiny little issue that this functionality seems to be strictly limited to people from the U.S.

Doing a search for "me" from any non-US IP simply does exactly that, searching for "me" without offering to create a Google Profile...
hydrolagus From: hydrolagus Date: April 22nd, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Doesn't change much for me. There's a real estate group that is The [myname] Team, and they take up most of the first three pages.
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rhonan From: rhonan Date: April 22nd, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
One note is that if you are an iGoogle user, you will need to sign out to do this.
giza From: giza Date: April 22nd, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ah, thanks for the tip. I was wondering why that didn't work for me at first. :-P
wolfwings From: wolfwings Date: April 23rd, 2009 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you for the note on this.

I'd have missed it otherwise, took a bit of tinkering (I'd registered my non-google e-mail address for the Checkout Sandbox many months back, had to learn how to delete that account first of all things) but once again, thank you.
From: anthologie Date: April 23rd, 2009 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Huh. When I do this on my Android all I get are search results.
brandywilliams From: brandywilliams Date: April 23rd, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thanks for the tip

I did - and made it work safe. I have also chosen *not* to make a Facebook profile - my coworkers report being found very quickly by each other and have had to lock down their accounts to friends only.
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