I was going to write an article about using common sense when posting comments on your Google+ account (and I still may do that), but I discovered something much worse! Google is exposing your PRIVATE comments to the public internet!
While doing some research for my article, I did a special kind of Google search to search Google+ for certain phrases that could get you in trouble at work. I found plenty, but the first one I found, when I clicked on the link, it took me to the person’s G+ profile page and THERE WERE NO PUBLIC COMMENTS!
Here’s a snippet of what I found with my Google search. The names and links of the “innocent” have been obfuscated:
The very first result is the one I was going to to get a snipped to paste into my article, but when I got to that person’s page, there were NO posts at all. This tells me one of two things happened:
- They posted it as public, but have since deleted it.
- It was never public and Google is indexing NON-PUBLIC posts!
It doesn’t matter which of those has happened. It’s a security breach that Google needs to fix pronto.
So, obviously, BE FREAKING CAREFUL WHEN YOU POST! Just because you think it’s a place your employer, your spouse, or your X can’t get too, think again! Just don’t post anything that could get you in trouble. Use some common sense and don’t be under the false impression that it’s secure.
BTW, if you want an invite to Google Plus, e-mail me at . That’s not a clickable e-mail address… It’s a picture to prevent spammers from easily scraping it. You’ll need to type that address, exactly as you see it, including the G and the + in front of the word “Invite”. I’d also appreciate you clicking the “+1” at the bottom of this post.
You’ll find an actual working version of it at the bottom of this article. Please click the appropriate buttons in it to let your friends know about this article so they too can quickly quickly get up and going with Google+.
Check back later for updates too!