Google’s at it again, Dave. Just got an email from them that Google Plus is changing and that unless I opt out, my friends are going to see me as endorsing various products and services. No thanks. How do I opt out of Google Plus Shared Endorsements?
I saw the same notification and the message I read had a direct link to the page on the Google Plus site that let you tweak and modify your “shared endorsements”. And quite frankly, this is something that Facebook’s been doing for a long time now.
In fact, here’s how Google explains what’s going on:
“The new Shared Endorsements setting lets you control how your Page’s name, photo and the actions that you take (such as +1s, reviews that you write or comments that you post) may appear in advertising. This setting does not affect other places where your Page’s name and photo may appear. You can access this setting from your Page’s Dashboard and may change it at any time. If you turn the setting off, you may not be able to use certain features until you re-enable it.”
The idea is that if I circle (follow) a company or personality on Google Plus, it’s a sort of endorsement, so if someone else is looking at that company, it’s reasonable for the system to present me as someone who already follows / likes — “endorses” — the company.
Unless you’d rather not be fodder for a marketing experiment, of course.
The setting is only two clicks away from your current Google Plus profile page, so let’s have a look!
Start by going to your account settings. This is most easily done by clicking on “Account” on the menu that pops up when you click on your tiny profile pic thumbnail:
There are a lot of different options to explore, but look on the left and click on “Google+”:
Now scroll down and you’ll see tucked into the middle of all the options is the unassuming new entry:
Click on “Edit” to proceed, and…
There’s actually quite a lot of information on this page, including examples of how these shared endorsements actually look.
Still, don’t want it? Okay, click the checkbox adjacent to “Based on my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads.”
Then click “Save” and you’ll be asked to confirm:
Yeah, I do. So please proceed. Click on “Continue”.
Done. That’s all there is to it.