You’re a commodity. Not just your data, you personally.
Google’s coming out with a new twist to their targeted ads. If you’ve ever said anything good about a product or service, starting on November 11th, Google will make the ads you see (and no matter what you do, you’ll see ads), Google will make things really personal. It will do that by referencing your Google + username, profile photo and implied endorsements via comments and +1s.
You can avoid some but not all ads by using an ad blocker. Some cross-browser online tracking and targeted ad-blocking add-ons include DoNotTrackMe and Disconnect.Me . I’ve written about these before. They were cited by the author of the article in “Source”.
Some ads will still show up. To keep your user name, profile picture and implied endorsements out of this system, please go here and follow the instructions.
To un-target the ads you see, you’ll have to visit two other pages and “opt out”.
Think you’re out of the woods? No. If you use multiple browsers, you must opt out in each browser you use.
“This does not affect the non-ad use of your endorsements, which is when Google uses a recommendation you share to promote an item -- such as an MP3 in the Google Play music store -- without any money changing hands for the promotion.” – cnet news
According to Google:
“Before opting out of interest-based ads, you must individually delete your interests from Google's ad settings. When you mouse over each interest, an X will appear on the right. Click to remove the interest. When all have been cleared, you can opt out of interest-based ads in Google services.” – from cnet screenshot
You should go to the article. The necessary links are there. I do not intend to reproduce more of the article as that really would be “scraping”. You may also be targeted this way by other advertising sellers.
There are also instructions on how to opt out of Google's main advertising cookie, which will prevent it being saved to your computer. The link to that is in the article, but it's here.
My thanks to Seth Rosenblatt and cnet for this article.