You would think that, by now, tech savvy people would have some idea of how the Web works. Not in a technical sense – no, that's still the stuff of wizards. I'm talking about the simple act of posting content to a public-facing website, and the fact that doing so allows other people to see it, quote it, or link to it. You would think that, but you'd be wrong – and that is seriously blowing my mind right now.
The first example of baffling misunderstanding of the Web's inherently public nature was sparked on Friday, when Google announced plans to expand a certain type of advertisement it offers, called "Shared Endorsements," on November 11. Unless you choose to opt out (which you can do by simply unchecking the box on this page and clicking "Save") Google reserves the right to use your name and Google Plus profile photo in ads for products, services, and businesses whose pages and content you interacted with in some way.
This article was originally posted on Digital Trends
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