Hovering over a user name link in Google+ pops up a mini-profile, and some clever users have figured out a simple way to include Twitter style bio’s into them.
Some clever users have figured out a way to make the information in this box provide more relevant information that might help deciding to make a new connection easier. It’s pretty simple and will provide someone hovering over your mini-profile more detail about you.
By default the mini-profile will show you the users name, current employer, picture, and the ability to add them to one of your circles. While that’s useful, I’ve had a number of people add me to their circles, and I hover over the link and beyond who their employer is I don’t really have a feel for who they are, what they’re all about, etc. You can see my buddy Dave’s to the right.
Here’s how you do it:
- Go to your profile – you can do this by clicking your name (left hand top of the screen while viewing the stream), or clicking your email address on the top navigation bar and selecting ‘Profile’
- Click the ‘Edit Profile’ button on the top right of the page
- Select the employment section, and in the first “Employer name” box, write your bio and check the “current” box.
- Click “don’t Editing” at the top of the page and save your profile
Once saved your mini-profile will display your new bio and include pretty much anything you want. As you can see in mine I’ve just put a sort of tagline, short description about what I’m into, my Twitter address and my website address.
From what I’ve read Atom McCree was the first to figure this out, so all credit where credit is do… nice find man. Lynette Young discovered this as well and has put together a video guide that include this trick as well as other profile optimization tips and tricks.
Rex Hammock has also created this handy visual guide: