mhansen - 1:03 pm on Jul 30, 2011 (gmt 0)
So I decided to actually read the TOS and privacy pages of the Google+ (link [google.com]) project, and found a couple snippets that peaked my curiosity enough to ask for opinions.
The premise is that within the privacy section, it almost sounds like Google have left enough ambiguity, that when a +1 appears on a page, they can also inject an Adwords ad, if it was recommended by a fellow friend in the G+ network.
+1 personalization on non-Google sites allows Google to tailor content and ads to you across the Web, based on your Google profile, +1 activity, and social connections.
OK, so that tells me that by when I decide to share info, Google will share content and ads that I liked, and what my friends liked, together. OK, that's normal and expected.
When you click the +1 button, you're explicitly signaling interest in displaying, sharing, or recommending specific online content, including ads. So if your friend chooses to +1 an ad, page, or search result, you might see that +1 on other websites.
What caught my eye was the use of the word "Ads".... it made me wonder, will Google ever "Inject an "Ad" into the same box that shows what my friends like. Regardless of whether the website has signed on to use Adsense or not, based on simply using the +1?
For example, if my friend John likes a page I'm currently on about Samsung TV's, and in another or same session, John also liked a specific Samsung TV that was in an Ad, will the Google+ box say: "John Also likes Samsung, and this specific Samsung TV Ad", inviting me to buy the TV.
Is it plausable to think Google may show whatever they want to show in the Google+ section, Or... am I just reading too much into this because I question my own trust for Google?