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Google+ and data portability
While following the activity of tech industry folks and celebrities on Google+ might lead you to believe that Google’s new social network is a sort of long-form Twitter, where users pontificate for a public audience, Google says that’s not the case. (Seriously, watching the volume and speed of comments on new posts by Myspace founder and Google+’s leading armchair critic Tom Anderson is simply insane.) In fact, Google+ users are two to three times more likely to share privately with one of their Circles than post publicly, Google revealed for a profile in the San Jose Mercury News . (The Merc article talks about “general” posts, but Google+ commander Vic Gundotra clarified that this means “public” posts.)
Are we giving up too much control of our online identities? Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Observer It took almost no time after the beta launch of Google+ , the search and advertising giant's new social media experiment, before someone posted a web browser plug-in to help users scoop up their Facebook contacts and automatically invite them into the early adopters' cool new playground.
These photos, taken from my Google+ account, are now able to be “reproduced, adapted, modified, translated, published, publicly performed, and publicly displayed.” (Image from Google+) Since Google+, Google’s answer to social networking, came out a week and a half ago, there’s been much talk about the new possibilities it has introduced, whether it can really beat out Facebook, and how to get that elusive invite. But the dangers of joining Google+ have not yet been fully explored. How far will Google go with targeted advertising? What will be the implications for our privacy?
While Google's new social network, Google+, is barely a week old, it's already received a lot of attention from tech pundits and the social media community. And as with any new online service, understanding how to control your information is essential. While Google's new social network, Google+ , is barely a week old, it's already received a lot of attention from tech pundits and the social media community. And as with any new online service, understanding how to control your information is essential. Here's a look at five important Google+ privacy settings that let you manage who can email you directly, how you're notified of Google+ actions, how to disable the Google+ service, and more. 1.
By Amir Efrati and Tom Loftus Here we go again. With the public launch of Google’s social network slated for the near future, users will soon have a new set of privacy settings to puzzle over. Google’s last social-networking attempt, called Buzz, blew up in its face over a privacy issue.
It's difficult to keep personal information off the web. Most people belong to social networks, post pictures, write blogs, or have personal or professional sites. But this doesn't mean that you always want this information to appear in search results. Below are some recommendations for controlling your reputation online.