I know that some districts and schools have been wondering if they should enable services like Google+ on their Google Apps for Education domains if it means that their users' information may appear in "Shared Endorsements" or even advertisements. That would be a shame because Google+ is such a terrific tool, especially considering the new Google Connected Classrooms initiative.
Rather than guess as to how the changes would impact schools and districts using Google Apps for Education, I contacted +Jordan Pedraza at Google directly to get clarification on the issue. Jordan emailed me back right away and here's what I found out:
- The new "Shared Endorsements" feature of Google+ has NOT yet been enabled for Google Apps domains
- When the "Shared Endorsements" feature is enabled for Google Apps domains, it will be OFF by default
- Most importantly, domain administrators will also have options within the Admin Control Panel to prevent their end users from appearing in Shared Endorsements that Google displays as advertisements
Thanks to +Vicki Davis for encouraging me to share this information with a wider audience.