Customize Your Google+ Hovercard to Gain More Followers

Did you know you have a business card you hand out every day on Google+?

Hover your mouse over any Google+ user’s name. You’ll see a popover box with their cover photo, profile image, their name, a link to add them to circles (or showing what circles you have them in already), and in most cases, their tag line and employment or location.

Google Plus hovercard

This is known as a hovercard.

Think of your hovercard as your business card on Google+. Most of the time, it is the only chance you’ll get to introduce and “sell” yourself as someone worth following.

You’ll want to make sure that your Google+ hovercard displays exactly what you want on your social business card

How to Customize Your Hovercard Subtitle

Under your name, the hovercard can display up to four items, depending on your profile. They are displayed in this order:

  1. Your profile tag line
  2. Your current employer
  3. Your current school
  4. Your current location (where you live)

Important! 2-4 in the list above will only display if you have the “current” box checked in the respective sections on your profile.

Here’s how to edit and include each customizable part of your hovercard text. All edits are done by logging in to your personal profile on the desktop version of Google+, choosing “Profile” from the left-hand menu, and then selecting the “About” tab at the top of your profile.

Tagline

  1. Find the “Story” card on your profile About tab.
  2. Click the Edit link at the bottom of the card.
  3. Click in the text box below “Tagline.”
  4. Enter or edit your Tagline text. Tip: The hovercard will only display the first part of your tagline. What is displayed is not a set number of characters; it’s dependent on the proportional spacing of the letters in the text. Experiment with your first words until you get something that fits in the hovercard.
  5. Click the Save button at the bottom of the edit screen

Current Employer

  1. Find the “Work” card on your profile About tab.
  2. Click the Edit link at the bottom of the card.
  3. Fill in the Employment information as completely as you want. Only what is in the first box for each place of employment (“Employer name”) is eligible to show on your hovercard.
  4. Check the “Current” box after the employer you want to show on your hovercard 
  5. Click the Save button at the bottom of the edit screen

Current School

  1. Find the “Education” card on your profile About tab.
  2. Click the Edit link at the bottom of the card.
  3. Fill in the Education information as completely as you want. Only what is in the first box for each school (“School name”) is eligible to show on your hovercard.
  4. Check the “Current” box after the school you want to show on your hovercard 
  5. Click the Save button at the bottom of the edit screen

Current School

  1. Find the “Education” card on your profile About tab.
  2. Click the Edit link at the bottom of the card.
  3. Fill in the Education information as completely as you want. Only what is in the first box for each school (“School name”) is eligible to show on your hovercard.
  4. Check the “Current” box after the school you want to show on your hovercard 
  5. Click the Save button at the bottom of the edit screen

Current Location

  1. Find the “Places” card on your profile About tab.
  2. Click the Edit link at the bottom of the card.
  3. Fill in Places Lived as completely as you want.
  4. Check the “Current” box after the location you want to show on your hovercard 
  5. Click the Save button at the bottom of the edit screen

So where does your Google Plus Hovercard show up? <– click that link to find out! (Hint: there are over 20 places!)

 

Mark Traphagen on Google+

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Mark is Director of Digital Outreach for Virante Inc. Mark helps businesses build strategies to increase brand influence and attract natural links and social signals. He has a special reputation as an expert on Google+ and Google Authorship. A former teacher, Mark has worked directly in Internet marketing since 2005, but has been involved in social media and online community formation since the mid 1990s. When not helping Virante clients improve their online presence, Mark participates in competitive storytelling, plays with a Dixieland street band, and (surprise) spends more time on the web.

Comments

  1. This is really useful about the hovercard. Thanks!

  2. Randall Talbot says:

    Very useful – thanks!
    I did notice that I could not see the changes on my own hovercard until after I signed out of and back in to Google+

  3. Any tips on troubleshooting this? My tag line isn’t showing up on my hover card. I’ve tried varying length, no punctuation even though I see pipes etc on others’ hover cards… not sure how to get this to show up…

  4. I got the part where you said “All edits are done by logging in to your personal profile on the desktop version of Google+, choosing “Profile” from the left-hand menu,” But I have no idea where the ABOUT is when you say ” and then selecting the “About” tab at the top of your profile.” I don’t see any ABOUT on my page. I guess I need pictures with arrows. Anything created by Google has a tendency to frustrate me immensely. So where is that ABOUT you are talking about????

  5. Never mind I figured it out. I was expecting the changes to occur likewise on my profile. I see now that the hovercard shows up with its own cool uniqueness!

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