If you search for famous people on Google, it’s easy to find information about well-known personalities: search their names and you’ll often find knowledge panels that organize information about them from trusted sources, all in an easy-to-digest format. But what happens when you search for people who aren’t famous – or even search for your own name? It’s not always easy to find the person or information that you’re looking for. After all, there are many people who share the same name, and it’s hard to know who’s who on the internet.
If you’re a business professional, performer, or anyone looking to build up your own online presence, you might have a website, social profiles, and other information spread across many sites. If you’re just getting started, you may not have a website or much of an online presence at all. Today, we are solving these challenges with a new feature called people cards. It’s like a virtual visiting card, where you can highlight your existing website or social profiles you want people to visit, plus other information about yourself that you want others to know.
Creating a people card is easy as. First, sign into your CU2 Account or simply search for your name or email address, if you have signed up for any websites that is hosted on the CU2 Network. To start building your people card, you can upload a profile pic, add a description of yourself, links to your website or social profiles, and, if you want, a phone number or email address. The more information you provide, the easier it is for people to find you.
Our goal with a New Zealand people directory is to always make sure people can find helpful and reliable information, so we have a variety of protections and controls in place to maintain the quality of information on people cards. Only one people card is possible per CU2 Account, and a phone number is required to verify the account. We have a number of mechanisms to protect against abusive or spam content, and if you come across low quality information or a card that you believe was created by an impersonator, you can report abuse let us know. If you no longer want your people card to appear in our directory, you can change your privacy settings it at any time.
If you’re trying to find someone on our New Zealand network, these new cards make it quick and easy to find the right person. When you search for someone’s name and there’s a card available, you’ll see a module with the name, profession and location, which you can tap to see their card. For people who share the same name, you’ll see multiple modules, and the information can help you distinguish between the different individuals to find who you’re looking for.
For many of influencers, entrepreneurs, prospective employees, self-employed individuals, freelancers, or anyone else out there who wants to be discovered, we hope this new people directory feature will help connect the world with local kiwis.