Profiles in Search enable you to immediately fine people you’re close to or might be interested in following. These results will appear in search results as well as in autocomplete. Additionally People and Pages will help you find profiles and Google+ Pages related to a specific topic or interest.
For example, if you search for a topic like music, you might see prominent or influential people that frequently talk about music on Google+. This is a great way to find brand evangelists and other influential industry contacts.
It’s important to note that when you’re signed in to Google your search results – including private content, such as photos – are protected by the same level of encryption used in Gmail. You can control what appears in personalized search results by marking content as Public, Limited, or Only you. Additionally, you can toggle between web results and personal results at the top of the results page and can change your default settings to show no personal results.
You can read more about Google’s security efforts on its blog.
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