Google People Card - should Linkedin be concerned?

Google tests "People Cards" in India

Google has launched „People Cards” in India, that allow you to easily find people who want to offer their services, competences or qualifications. India is certainly treated as a region where Google is testing its new tool.

People Card allows you to add your own bio, photo, links to the website and social profiles and most importantly from the recruitment point of view – work experience, education and contact details.

Google People Card
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As can be seen above, there is space on the right to provide information on work experience, education, and contact details that will probably be available to search for.

Google has tried in the past to create its own Google+ social network to compete with Facebook and Linkedin. The Google+ project eventually failed to sustain the pressure from Facebook and Linkedin and was shut down.

What is the advantage of People Card over Google+, Facebook, Linkedin, and other social networks? The advantage is essential – People Card is not a social platform. Anyone with a Google account (currently in India) can create their card and be found by all other users of the Google search engine. You do not need to register on the new platform. You do not need to log in and check if someone sent us a message. You share your own card in the world’s largest database – Google search engine and immediately gain exposure to the whole world. Even the combined forces of Linkedin and Facebook cannot offer exposure this big.

We will see how Google will manage this project. It is difficult to say at the moment whether People Cards will become a real threat to Linkedin in the area of ​​recruitment.

In my opinion, the approach that frees the user from the closed platform, such as Linkedin, is revolutionary and has a chance to seriously threaten Linkedin’s position, for which I keep my fingers crossed.

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Maciej Michalewski

Maciej Michalewski

CEO @ Element. Recruitment Automation Software

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