New role – Google Profiles

I’m excited to share the news that I’ve taken on the additional responsibility of becoming product manager on Google Profiles. Last year’s announcement about Profiles was the first step towards making it easier to find people on Google; my job will be to build out the next steps.

What about Blogger? I’m not leaving Blogger behind; I will continue to keep in touch with the Blogger team and help as needed. Blogger remains in the very capable hands of Chang and Siobhan, and we continue to add engineers to the team (most importantly, outside of the US – giving Blogger much-needed perspective from outside North America, where more than half of our users/traffic comes from). As I’ve mentioned in the past few months, I’m particularly excited about what this year has in store for Blogger. Last month’s template designer is but one of many big developments planned – stay tuned!

All that said, the opportunity on Profiles was too good to pass up. I’d love to hear what you’d like to see from Profiles… leave a comment here or hit me on Twitter (I’m @rklau). I’m busy ramping up, but will start sharing some thoughts here in a week or so.

Oh, and my profile is here.