I am going to opt out now. It appears this will be one more way google will push ads. The bonus of adding people's names and faces in a more obvious way will spur sales.
I am extremely happy to tell my friends about a service I enjoy. I will also refer business for a refund or payment. I do either willingly. I do it lots more gratis than for payment.
I always do it knowingly. I never do it unknowingly. This would have google using my name or face every time without my knowing it. It would use a set in stone reference from the past, wherein my perspective could have changed. It would be totally out of my control.
google would do it to make money. They couldn't give a rat's @ss about the quality of the referral the relationship or any other aspect of the referral. There have been recent cases where college athletes have sued the NCAA and other entities when the NCAA used their likenesses to sell merchandise. Additionally while terms of service such as google's usage are legal protections for google to proceed on this basis such agreements have been challenged in court cases and been defeated at times. You better have good and expensive attorney's to do so though. Ultimately the legal defense of this process can still be argued and beaten as an inappropriate contract wherein the huge entity, google, establishes an unfair contractural arrangement with unknowing individuals.
Imagine the problems should somebody purchase something to which your name and face are unknowingly connected via google. The buyer ends up deeply unhappy, harmed or whatever and sues the parties to the sale. They sue the seller, they sue google and they sue you. You are completely unaware your face and name were used relative to the purchase.
Its beyond creepy. But currently google is a big monopoly that manages to get away with any action they take in the States.
MY $0.02 for the day!!!
update. I turned off the shared info setting. I turned it off on some accounts I manage. I don't want smb's sued unknowingly either. All I can suggest is that its not idiot proof. Some users won't get it. Moreover in this effort by google to ultimately boost its ad revenues they plant a seed to encourage you to not turn off the shared endorsement setting.
Its a deeply one sided change in which the huge monopoly is imposing changes on a a mostly unknowing public. Problems will arise.
Edited by earlpearl, 12 October 2013 - 11:26 AM.