Apparently starting November 11 Google is planning to display the names and photos of its users in its advertisements without their explicit permission. As far as I can tell it will be mostly people who make recommendations and give reviews, and people can opt out ahead of time. But it makes some of us nervous. No doubt we will hear more about it in the weeks to come.
In the meantime it reminds me of Andy’s mother. She shunned publicity, and one of her sayings was,
Fools names, like their faces,
Always appear in public places.
Andy agreed with her, and poor Kaitlin heard those words a lot when she was young. Then one evening at the dinner table she said, “Father, when I grow up I’m going to be rich, and I’m going to give a building to a university and name it after you.” Well, that got our attention. She continued, “And inside there’s going to be a big picture of you with a plaque underneath. The plaque will say, ‘Fools names, like their faces….’ ”
Well done, Kaitlin. Well done!