Oct 27 Posted 2 years ago
I got to article a little late, but found the info about Google's plans in a more timely fashion so that I was able to opt-out and spread the word myself. I agree that this idea is a huge mistep by them and could have been handled in a much better way and presented in a far better light. Their communication dunderheads have been taking a beating for this blunder. As for me, I am prepared to sacrifice the very small amount of pages I follow if I discover that I have been slipped into marketing efforts even though I am opted-out. I never click on ads for Google+ or Facebook nor branded sites ever since I read their TOS and privacy policies last year, before actually joining either. I have been thinking about connecting my private YouTube account to a page rather than my profile, but with this new email revelation, I may just skip that and forego caring about whether I can comment or not.
Oct 17 Posted 2 years ago
Oh wow Phil, thanks for bringing that issue us.
I did know there would be a change of google TOS in November 11th, but I wasnt aware of the depth and scope that this would be!
Shamelessly copied from bgr.com how to opt out:
In order to withdraw from Shared Endorsements, simply log in to your Google account (if you aren’t already logged in), click this link, which leads to the Shared Endorsement settings, scroll to the bottom of the page, and uncheck the box next to this statement: “Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads.” Then click Save.
Now your face will never pop up alongside your favorite brand of cereal or that movie you saw last week!
Oct 16 Posted 2 years ago
Thanks very much for reading, I am glad you found the post useful. Of course the marketing and ad types who work at these big companies take advantage of the fact people are either too busy, or less informed, this has been the "sales" methodology for decades actually.
Franky, any company that in any small way tries to mislead or "bait and switch" us, at this late date in the consumerist society evolotion, should be replaced by competitors who are more transparent. This is my view.
Again, thanks for taking your valuable time to comment. If more of us did, not so many companies would be pulling the "fast one" on some.
Oct 15 Posted 2 years ago
Thanks for a great article!
I am just wondering how people will realize, that they should block Google from using their information in advertising. It is quite loud about these issue lately but not everyone is reading socialmediatoday :)
For example my mother will have no idea what are we talking about! I think that new terms are abusive and should not be set by default.
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