How Do You Feel About the Google Shared Endorsements Policy? [Poll]

Sometimes we do it without even thinking of any repercussions. We browse the Internet leaving our thoughts and feelings in different capacities. It can be a review here, a download there, or even a quick comment. With the new Google Shared Endorsements policy, we’re going to be forced into thinking about it, bringing us to ask how you feel about the new policy and what actions will you take?

Google recently announced that starting in November they will begin what they are calling Shared Endorsements. We’re already used to seeing ads all over the place on Google. Every time we do a search it has sponsored ads. But now attached to those ads will be the thoughts of you and your friends, accompanied by names and photos.

Despite the fact that you will have the option of opting out of being included in the Google Endorsements, it’s still making some people uncomfortable. For one thing, you don’t opt in, but opt out. You will have to go to the settings in Google+ to turn it off. For another, when you originally wrote that review, commented on the YouTube video, or +1ed a great discovery, you weren’t planning on it showing up in an ad. Yet you did leave your thoughts on the Internet, so you were okay with it being published to some extent.

How do you feel about the new Google Endorsements policy and what do you plan to do?

Here are the results of last week’s poll:


The majority of those responding, thirty-eight percent, believe the 5th generation iPad will need to include SD and USB slots to beat the competition. Nearly a quarter think it’s too late, as Android is already too far ahead. Seventeen percent of those responding feel it’s going to need a cheaper price or cheaper version. An equal number at nine percent each believe if Apple just releases a 10-inch version of the iPhone 5s, it will sell. And only a few of the responders feel it will need to be in colors like the iPhone 5c or have double the retina resolution.

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Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.