I have a Google Profile which can be found at http://www.google.com/profiles/mike.blaney.
Why? My first reaction was to make sure no one else took the name just like on Facebook where I registered http://www.facebook.com/mikeblaney as soon as the personalization feature became available. A Google account seems to act as a business card on the internet. One application is if you do not have a website or blog, but you want to introduce yourself to someone, just send them a link to your Google profile where they can learn more about you.
What is a Google Profile? “A Google profile is how you present yourself on Google products to other Google users. It allows you to control how you appear on Google and tell others a bit more about who you are. With a Google profile, you can easily share your web content on one central location. You can include, for example, links to your blog, online photos, and other profiles such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and more. You have control over what others see. Your profile won’t display any private information unless you’ve explicitly added it.”
You can also allow people to find you more easily by enabling your profile to be searched by your name. Simply set your existing profile to show your full name publicly.
If you are interested in creating your own profile you can follow this link http://www.google.com/support/accounts/bin/answer.py?answer=97703&hl=en
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