I hate that Google is now using my face and name in adverts just like Facebook is doing. I don’t want to be endorsing anything, let alone things I’m not even aware of. How the heck do I turn off the “shared endorsements” feature?
I hear you on this latest incursion on our privacy, but it might not be quite as bad as you are thinking. As Google describes it, shared endorsements are tied to who you’re friends with on Google Plus and what they’re doing. As they explain: “When you visit the Google Play music store, you may see that a friend has +1’d a new album by your favorite artist. When you search for a restaurant, you may see an ad including a 5-star review by another friend.”
What this means, however, is that everything you do has more visibility and reach, something that might give you pause before you “+1″ a link to a funny article on an otherwise NSFW (not suitable for work) Web site or YouTube video. I mean, you don’t want the boss to see that when she does a Web search, do you?
Fortunately, opting out is pretty straightforward. You best bet is to start by logging in to your Google Plus account, then look for the “Settings” option on the main menu:
There are lots of settings worth exploring, but let’s stay on task!
Half-way down, look for this line:
Pretty low key, for sure. Google’s keeping things very mellow in this regard, even though there are definitely more than a few people who are upset about this particular setting.
Don’t have Google Plus or want to take the sneaky shortcut? No worries, click here: Shared Endorsement Settings on Your Google Account.
There’s lots of explanation of why it’s not that big a deal, then further down, you’ll find this:
That’s it. Make sure the checkbox is unchecked, click “Save” and you’re good to go.
Wondering how these ads are going to look before you make that decision? Here’s a sample from the Google team:
I dunno, not a huge deal to me, but I can understand where others are more concerned about it.