If you have a Google profile or Google+ account profile, the recent Google’s announcement about user profiles is for you. From the end of this month, 31st July 2011 exactly, all the Google profiles are required to be public. All the profiles that are set to private will be deleted. According to Google’s announcement:
The purpose of Google Profiles is to enable you to manage your online identity. Today, nearly all Google Profiles are public. We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used. Private profiles don’t allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public.
The only requirement in Google’s public profile is your full name and gender. All other fields can be left alone if you want to leave them. By default a Google profile is always public. If you haven’t changed any settings, you can relax and not worry.
How to set Google profile public or private?
If you are not sure whether your profile is public or private, you can go to your profile using Google profile link. In your profile, look for the option Search Visibility. It should be set to Visible in search. If it’s not showing this, you can edit this option in your profile and set it to Visible in search.
Click on Edit Profile to edit your profile and click on the option Search Visibility. Check the checkbox which says “Help others find my profile in search results”
This will make sure that your profile is not deleted in the next Google profile update on 31st July, 2011.