That’s certainly a forbidding list of Terms and Conditions Google have written up for Google+ users.
If you’re hoping for an invitation to join Google+ then you might want to think again after you read the Terms and Conditions for Google+ users. It seems to me, looking at the Terms, that Google will be able to do just about anything they want with any content you post, including personal details, details on your work and interests, and any images and photos you post.
Have a look at this:
“By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.
You agree that this license includes a right for Google to make such Content available to other companies, organizations or individuals with whom Google has relationships for the provision of syndicated services, and to use such Content in connection with the provision of those services.
You understand that Google, in performing the required technical steps to provide the Services to our users, may (a) transmit or distribute your Content over various public networks and in various media; and (b) make such changes to your Content as are necessary to conform and adapt that Content to the technical requirements of connecting networks, devices, services or media. You agree that this license shall permit Google to take these actions.”
I’m no lawyer but I’d interpret that as meaning Google can sell data about you to third party companies, sell what you write and sell your images and photos. Google can presumably use Google+ content to increase its vast fortune by selling your content and by selling the information your content gives about you. If you post about what you wear, are you going to find targeted ads selling you the latest fashion designs? If you post photos are you going to find them turning up on other sites to which Google has sold them? If Google sells your images, the Terms and Conditions make it fairly clear you won’t be getting any payment. Which looks a bit greedy on Google’s part. Google isn’t exactly struggling to make a dollar yet Google+ looks like a particularly hard-nosed venture.
In its quest to squash Facebook, Google have done what they can to hype up the interest around Google+. Will it work? Maybe. Facebook does, already, feel a little weary. Hasn’t everyone had a bit much of messages which say very little and posts which announce that someone’s just eaten a bagel? On the other hand, if all that guff which gets posted on Facebook – essentially often just snippets of casual conversation that are written down – if all that is looking a bit pointless, then Google+ will encounter the same drawback.
It will be interesting to see how many potential Google+ users balk at the Terms and Conditions of using the service and how many are happy to hand Google power to do, well, just about anything they like with Google+ content. I certainly won’t be joining Google+ but then I’m not a fan of Facebook either. How about you?