Turning off search history is one of the top Google settings you may already know about anyway if you didn’t want Google recording any sensitive searches (health, location, interests, religion, etc.), but with Google becoming more like AOL these days, now’s as good a time as any to check if you’ve got your web history paused or not.
If you’re not logged into Google already, log in. Then, go to https://google.com/history. Click “remove all Web History” and “OK”. Doing so will pause the recording of your searches going forward until you enable it again.
I’m about to do this – it’ll be interesting to see how my instant searches and location based stuff is affected. I consider myself very particular about monitoring my privacy controls, but honestly I’m one of the people who really trusts Google, and in my trust I’ve neglected to pay attention to the kidns of data they save from web searches and how it’s integrated. The pervasiveness of Google in my life definitely has me questioning exactly what they’re tracking, and if/how it makes my online life easier.
The privacy settings are moving toward individual post windows and profiles.
Users are gaining the ability to approve tags of themselves in others’ posts and photos.
All tags will include an attribution of the person who did the tagging.
Places no longer require physical check-ins, so people can add locations to posts, even from the desktop.
You don’t need to be friends with someone to tag them in a post or photo.
You don’t have to like a brand to tag it in a post or photo.
Facebook has changed the word “everyone” to “public” in privacy settings, for clarity.
You can customize privacy, or visibility of information, on a post-by-post basis.
Users can edit the visibility of individual bits of content anytime after they post.
The changes don’t affect mobile users, at least not for now.
The major changes to Facebook’s privacy settings are clearly meant to bring it in line with G+. Some of these changes have been due for a looooong time. Hoo-rah
The war between Google and Facebook is heating up: Google just made one small tweak to its Terms of Service that will have a big impact on the world’s biggest social network. From now on, any service that accesses Google’s Contacts API — which makes it easy to import your list of friends’ and coworkers’ email addresses into another service — will need to offer reciprocity. Facebook doesn’t, so it’s going to lose access to this key piece of the social graph.A Google spokesperson gave us this statement:
So we have decided to change our approach slightly to reflect the fact that users often aren’t aware that once they have imported their contacts into sites like Facebook they are effectively trapped. Google users will still be free to export their contacts from our products to their computers in an open, machine-readable format–and once they have done that they can then import those contacts into any service they choose. However, we will no longer allow websites to automate the import of users’ Google Contacts (via our API) unless they allow similar export to other sites.
Many are citing this as a bad PR move for Google, but as a user of both services, i couldn’t be happier with Google’s decision. Users are crying out for more granular privacy controls, and a say in where and how their data is used. But Facebook doesn’t care about the average, powerless user – it’s going to take the big boys like Google to make Facebook step up to its Millenial digital responsibilities.
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