Google announced that you can now set up authorship for search results by verifying your email address with your Google profile.
This is an extension of the authorship markup launched earlier this year. What this does is tell Google that your content is associated with you. It shows a picture of you in the search results, and links to your Google Profile. It can help you stand out in search results.
Googles Sagar Kamdar shows how to set this up with your Google profile on the Inside Search blog. "For example, let’s say you write content on a page hosted at http://www.galaxytimes.com. To participate in the authorship program, put your name on your content and your e-mail address." he says. "Then verify your email address firstname.lastname@example.org on your Google+ profile."
On your Google Profile, go to "Edit Profile," scroll down and click on "work," click the drop down arrow next to "phone," click on "email," and put in your address where it says new contact info. Change the visibility of the section from "only you" to "everyone on the web," click "save," and click "done editing."
Tip: make sure you're ok with people seeing your email address.
It will be interesting to see how much they add to the authorship element. Recently, they started including circle counts for some users.