Even Google can’t find you on this new public lookup

What happens when someone Googles your name?

If you’re one of the lucky ones, your secret admirers might be directed to your LinkedIn, with your most recent headshot and non-embarrassing professional posts.

If you’re one of the unlucky ones… well, let’s just say that there are things in the past that should remain in the past.

We’ve been conditioned to accept this lack of control over our digital footprint after years on the Internet. If we want to partake in online discourse, we have no choice but to sign away our right to privacy (which includes being Google-searchable). But it doesn’t have to be this way.

@persona, your go-to destination for building your public profile

Built with Flutter, @persona is an app that lets you set up a public profile page on the web. You can consolidate all your social links, including gamer tags, Instagram and Twitter feeds, and other custom content of your choice.

Most importantly, since it’s developed on the @protocol (more on what that means here), your @persona profile cannot be found through Google search. Instead, all you have to do is share your @persona handle, otherwise known as an @sign, with those around you. They can then search for your profile in our @sign directory.

The potential customizability of @persona is endless. We asked our team to create profiles of their own — and it turns out that with some coding knowledge and a pinch of creativity, you can implement some pretty neat things. Take a look at what we came up with below. (Click on each image to be directed to their respective webpages.)

Integrate a Spotify player

Share your favorite tracks so that others can jam along.

View @concretecorndog

Add gifs and scrolling banners

This fine profile features the illustrious Party Parrot as well as the famed Gettysburg Address. Bet those are two things you weren’t expecting to see together today.

You can even embed a compiler!

We never would have thought it possible, but this man managed to pull it off. What. A. Guy.

Now, you fill in the blank

All this goes to show that @persona is totally customizable to your needs. If you have an idea we didn’t list here, why not participate in our @personachallenge? @persona is still very much a work in progress, so we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Download @persona now on the App Store or Google Play.

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