Private Google Profiles to Be Discontinued
Article by George Norman
On 18 Mar 2011
Do you like your Google profile? Do you especially like that it is a private Google profile? If you answered “yes” and “yes” to those questions, then you need to know that you have until the month of July to enjoy your private Google profile. to be more precise, you have until the last day of July to enjoy your private profile.

Google announced that it is discontinuing private profiles come the 31st of July. The Mountain View-based search engine giant said that it is discontinuing private profiles because it wants all users to have public profiles instead.

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“The purpose of Google Profiles is to enable you to manage your online identity. Today, nearly all Google Profiles are public. We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used. Private profiles don’t allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public,” says Google in this help article .

What can you do if you have a private profile? There are two courses of action you can take:

1. You can make your profile public. If you’re worried about privacy, please note that your full name is the only required information that will be displayed on your profile. All other information that you don’t want to make public can be edited or removed.

2. You can do nothing. If you don’t do anything, Google will automatically delete your profile. “All private profiles will be deleted after July 31, 2011,” said Google. You can of course take matters into your own hands and manually delete your profile. But why bother when Google will do this automatically for you?

In related Google profile news, earlier this month Google announced that it updated Google Profiles. The option to add Picasa Web Albums to the profile is part of this update.

“Now you can add Picasa Web Albums to your Google profiles. By choosing to show the “PicasaWeb” tab, you will enable visitors to see your public albums. Private albums will remain visible to only the people you’ve shared them with directly. Add Picasa Web Albums to your profile now by visiting profiles.google.com. We hope you enjoy this change,” announced Dave Cohen, Engineer Google Photos.

The bottom line is this: you either switch to a redesigned public Google profile, or you delete it yourself/let Google automatically delete your private profile.



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