Diaboogical22 Apr 2009
The Google Profile leverages Google search monopoly (you listening, FTC?!?!) into a you-must-join social network. I like LinkedIn as a professional social network, but this is going to blow all that out of the water. Want to be found? To control your professional image? Yes, having a decent personal site will still be important, but now the starting point for a personal search (Google Search) is also the end point (Google Profile).
Can you afford to not have Google Profile? I don’t think I can, and I think that stinks.
Update: Apparently I wasn’t clear about my point: because Google controls search, their Profile is a must-have for anyone who expects to be looked up on the internet (independent contractors, mobile professionals, me). It is not optional. It’s a Google world. Comply.