Google +1 – The End of Web Anonymity?
Google +1 button – you click, your mates know you like a certain site or page. It will boost your page and site rep, so it sounds pretty good and potentially very powerful. After dashing to install it, I can’t wait to click on my first +1 button. As I hovered over the button, this popped up:
It states “Click here to publicly +1 this as [your name here]“. Ok, you got me at “publicly”. When I clicked on the almighty +1 button, this popped up:
I halted. Then I had flashbacks of Google Buzz. All my thought bubbles scream “Privacy violation!”.
In order to use the Google +1 button, you need to have a public Google Profile visible to the world, which at a minimum includes the name you chose for the profile. That name will be used across Google services and in some cases it may replace another name you’ve used when posting content under your Google Account. We may display your Google Profile identity to people who have your email address or other identifying information.
Strangely, the info page on opting out is non-existent.
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