Why Does My Google Profile Not Show For A Google Search?

May 11, 2009 • 8:22 am | comments (8) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Profile Business Cards from iPrint.comA few weeks ago, Google launched a way to verify your Google Profile with them and ultimately show up in the Google results. In fact, Google offered free business cards with your Google Profile information on it. You can get those business cards over here.

I received my business cards last Thursday. But to my surprise, they didn't work! By didn't work, I meant, that if you typed in barry schwartz into Google, my Google Profile did not show up. The whole purpose of the Google Profile business cards was to give people a way to look you up by Googling your name. But in this case, it didn't exactly work.

Why? Didn't my profile show up. Well, Joe Kraus of Google (founder of Excite, JotSpot, etc) commented at my personal blog to inform me that my profile may have hit the celebrity filter. Joe said:

Hey Barry. My name is Joe Kraus and I'm the PM Director for Google Profiles. We're looking into it. There's a possibility your name is getting caught in our celebrity filters but we'll know more soon. Sorry for the hassle.

Am I a celebrity? I doubt it. But I suspect that maybe the famous psychologist/professor is a quasi-celebrity.

In fact, Kaila noticed that if you search for barry swartz, a misspelling of my name, my Google Profile does show:

Google Profile Misspelling

So maybe Google should of sent me the business cards with the misspelling? I assume Google might pull the celebrity filter from my name, at least I hope so. It does make sense for names like Michael Jordan, Barack Obama, Britney Spears and so on, but I am not sure my name (even for the professor) deserves the "celebrity status."

So this has less to do with the name being common and more about the name hitting a possible filter, I think.

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Mike Wilton

05/11/2009 02:55 pm

Barry, I ran into a similar issue with my name. I've had a Google profile for ages and had all the requirements in place when they rolled out the Google profile thing. I thought for certain that my profile would have showed up on day 1, but alas after a quick query of my name it did not appear. I finally found my profile, but it was the #100 result in Google for my name. Makes me wonder if I'm in the same boat as you in terms of the "celebrity filter" since I share a name with the guitarist from Queensryche and a college volleyball coach.

Jerry Nordstrom

05/11/2009 03:06 pm

Barry, Google sent me the Google Cards WITHOUT the profile URL! Perhaps they are telling me I'm the Bob Uecker of Social Media?

Joe Kraus

05/12/2009 12:24 am

Barry. We fixed the issue you were experiencing. In fact, your guess was correct, you were triggering the celebrity filter.

Barry Schwartz

05/12/2009 01:10 am

Thanks Joe!

No Name

05/12/2009 03:37 pm

Mine was showing just fine for quite a while. I also ordered cards. However, just recently, mine stopped showing up completely. Even trying misspellings won't work. I also can't even get other profiles of other people to show when performing searches. I hope this is fixed soon.

Udi Drezner

05/14/2009 11:55 am

If you want to guarantee your presence on Google' first page, you can always buy sponsored ads that show up whenever your name is searched and refer to your website. That way you can give some more money to Google - I’m sure they need it :-)

Tom Jackson

06/21/2010 10:08 pm

I had a Google Profile for Thomas Jackson that always showed up at the bottom of Page 1...now I do not see any Profiles at the bottom of Page 1 - including mine? What has changed?

Tom Jackson

06/21/2010 10:09 pm

I had a Google Profile for Thomas Jackson that always showed up at the bottom of Page 1...now I do not see any Profiles at the bottom of Page1

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