The World Thru My Eyes - I speak my mind and man does it like to talk.

In following up on Dr JBHL’s article Privacy Settings in Google + : What you should know, I came across an interesting page from google.com support that reads the following:

The purpose of Google Profiles is to enable you to manage your online identity. Today, nearly all Google Profiles are public. We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used. Private profiles don’t allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public.

Keep in mind that your full name and gender are the only required information that will be displayed on your profile; you’ll be able to edit or remove any other information that you don’t want to share.

If you currently have a private profile but you do not wish to make your profile public, you can delete your profile. Or, you can simply do nothing. All private profiles will be deleted after July 31, 2011. Link

The way I see it, this would fall under What you will know one way or the other. I can understand this decision and to be honest it makes sense. It also emphasizes my point on Dr JBHL’s article, if you don’t want your info out there then either don’t put it or stay off the Internet. Use logic and educate yourself. This may sound scary but so far it doesn’t seem like a big deal. The moment it does, my new email address will likely have @hotmail.com, @live.com, @yahoo.com or something like that.

Look this up, check the facts and decide for yourself. Good luck.


Comments
on Jul 06, 2011

The reason I do not have a hotmail is because of all the garbage MS threw on the service.  If gmail goes the same way, I will lose my gmail as well.  For those wanting plus, fine, have at it.  I simply choose not to partake of that apple.

on Jul 06, 2011

I'm staying right where I am. I have yahoo and that's enough for me. I also don't participate in chat rooms.

on Jul 06, 2011

We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used. Private profiles don’t allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public.

It seems to me, Google makes a whole range of decisions for a whole range of people with a 'one size fits all' mentality.  Private is private for a reason, and Google takes it upon itself to make that which is private public by default?  So glad my decision years ago to never trust Google has paid off... yet again.

on Jul 06, 2011

If Google were more like Scroogle they wouldn't have so many not liking them maybe.

on Jul 07, 2011

For now, I have no issue with this as my profiles were already public anyways. I simply made sure only what I want seen can be seen. the moment this changes beyond my full name and gender then I will find myself seeking other methods of electronic mail.

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