I’ve been playing with my Google profile, at https://www.google.com/profiles/dick.davies.dc. It’s a very useful tool, providing a launching spot for two websites, DickDavies.com and SalesLabDC.com, and two blogs, Sales Lab Posts, and Through The Browser.
When you start posting there doesn’t seem to be much on your blog or website, but after a couple of months of posting twice a week, there is too much for a casual reader to navigate.
We can use gadgets like LinkWithin and Lijit, or even set up manual landing pages (kind of a greatest hits page) around themes or times, but the Google Profile is a “set it and forget it” resource bringing in updated content from my posts. I can choose which outlets to feature, so it has good granularity.
I got many ideas from the people at the Google Technical User Groups. I watched a couple of them use their profiles as their jumping off points to other webapps for their presentations.
The Google profile has a clear advantage over LinkedIn and Facebook. People don’t have to be connected to me to see what I have displayed. It is open to the Internet rather than a piece of the Internet.
I’m thinking my Google Profile could become my primary web address. What do you think?