The Buzz about Google Buzz is still on and doesn’t seem to die down anytime soon. My personal opinion is neutral when it comes to Google Buzz, so I have managed to use it as much as I can over the last 2 days.

While browsing, I found that some people have “Verified name” badge next to their names on their Google Profiles. This is much similar to the “Verified account” badge on Twitter. Moreover, having a Google verified profile enables your profile name to appear in Google web results! Now, that’s a real cool bonus, isn’t it? Luckily, verifying a Google Profile is not too tough really. The only thing is, currently, this works only in US right now.

Below is an example screenshot from the profile of Google’s executive – David Glazer.


The process involves registering self on Knol, one of Google’s side projects. It’s easy, free, and important to be able to give people the peace of mind that it’s really you, especially if you run an online business. This process is nothing new and exists for over an year now. Only because of Google Buzz, people have started to notice it in more numbers.

How to Verify your Google Buzz profile?

Step 1: Go to Knol. Click on “Sign in” on right top end of the page. Sign in with your Google username and password.

Step 2: Click on Preferences and then select Name Verification tab


Step 3: Choose an option to verify. You can either verify with your credit card or SSN (Social security number). Both of them work equally well. Previously, they used to provide an option to verify via Phone, which has now been replaced by SSN.

Once you submit your info, the system processes it rather quickly. Now, simply go to your Google Profile page and voila! You’re verified.


Raju is the founder-editor of Technology Personalized. A proud geek and an Internet freak, who is also a social networking enthusiast. You can follow him on Facebook and on Twitter. Mail Raju PP. Follow rajupp


  • Rajesh Kanuri @ TechCats

    Name verification tab is not there in my knol account preferences,, what to do now??

    • Raju

      Rajesh, I mentioned that, it works for US only right now, hope Google expands the service to other places as well

  • Sandeep Hegde

    Yes we Indian have to wait to lot before we gain access to most of such things !

  • @MindSmack

    Buzz is going bananas :)

  • Lech Ambrzykowski

    Thanks for the information!

    It doesn’t work for Poland either. Since it’s about using a credit card, this shouldn’t be an issue to expand it to other countries. Paypal uses such verification for a while already.


  • MichaelG

    Why does Knol need my CC?

    Google Checkout has it, why not use Checkout to verify.

    • Raju

      Very valid question! Looks like they are forcing people to use Knol

  • Carolyn

    Thank you for the info. Can’t believe the process was that simple.

  • Dragon Blogger

    Fantastic article and I followed it and was verified in minutes. I wish twitter would allow everyone to verify instead of only celebrities, Google is one up on Twitter on this verification process.

  • sudharsan @ technoskillonline

    hey Raju
    can we verify via Proxy website ????????
    Please tell me …

  • Raju

    @Dragon Blogger
    +1 from my side

    No, you can’t. You need to verify via credit card or SSN.

  • el7cosmos

    well…im not on US