A good piece of news appeared on my Google News stream, and I considered it an evolution. Every user on Facebook becomes searchable for any other user. The privacy setting called “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” will be getting rid of. This means that if I want to look for a friend I know he exists and has a Facebook account, I can find his profile and contact him. That “privacy” setting was for guys like Zuckerberg, guys who had to be on Facebook and they wanted a little privacy for themselves as well, meaning that they wanted to share something they like, just with close friends. If you, a dumb social media freak user, want privacy of any kind, you can be more careful of what you post, because what you post is public. If you want privacy, you stay where you can have it. Uploading tons of info to the platforms which offer you this opportunity is not a proof that you want “privacy”, on the contrary.
So, it seems that if you have a Facebook profile, you are a searchable personality, you can be found by your mates whenever you post something funny. It is the same with Google Plus. Now, they wanted to match Facebook‘s privacy setting change by a new push for the advertisers. The day after Facebook announced that it was removing a privacy option that would make all of its users searchable, Google made its own announcement for adding an option called “Shared Endorsements.” The new option would display Google users’ names and profile pictures beside advertisements for businesses and products that they’ve endorsed with a review, a +1, or even a follow. The good thing is that you still can opt out of this if you go to your Google Profile settings, click on “Shared Endorsements” and unclick the box on the new screen! You have to have something like that, if you don’t want them:
If you want them, it’s as simple as that: Your profile snapshot (it’s called actually snippet), will appear under the advertisement announce in searches, as follows (you have three samples):
If you you want to become famous by endorsing a certain product and not be compensated by that in any way, you can let the box “checked” and your face will be all over in your connected friends’ google searches.
Anyway, coming back to the subject, the Facebook privacy option change, I consider it for the best. If you have a Facebook profile, let it be known and found by your precious friends. Facebook’s business strategy depends on people sharing more info, and so they’re looking at things from a short-term perspective and not at all, over the long term. So, you have to be responsible of what you publish on the internet at all times. It is enough that you can opt to share what you publish, with whoever chose to, but you are there, you can be found by everyone.
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