We've had the opportunity to do something totally unexpected, speak directly with representatives at Google about their new social networking effort,
, and the integrated social bookmarking service, Google +1
. I had several pointed privacy concerns, and received frank and honest
answers. As a result, I'm tentatively hopeful about their privacy efforts, and the long-term goals of both efforts. And, we've been assured to be part
of a BETA roll-out of an upcoming publisher category in Google+.
Soon, you will be seeing a +1 "widget" just under the other "social" buttons in the upper-right corner of pages within the "forum" sections of ATS. It
will look like this:
For those who care not to participate, the "widget" gathers no analytics or other data by appearing on the page.
For those who have a Google account (gmail, Google+, search preferences, etc.), and are logged in, the "widget" is aware of your logged-in status, but
gathers no analytics or other data just by appearing on the page.
If you have a Google account and click the +1, it works much like our Flagging system, but on a more global scale in Google searches. For members who
are very concerned about specific topics, this provides you a way to help those topics become noticed beyond the AboveTopSecret.com domain.
By default, your +1 "clicks" will show up in your Google+ account, if you have one. If you prefer not to display your +1 clicks, you can opt-out in
your account settings.
Google +1 Privacy Information
If you're still concerned, and choose not to believe or trust us, ATS Members will have the opportunity to remove the Google +1 widget in their
More coming soon...
edit on 26-7-2011 by SkepticOverlord because: (no reason given)