If you don’t want to have your mug showing up all over the Web, appearing to endorse products and services in Google’s ads, go to this site, scroll the bottom, and uncheck the box that says, “Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads,” and click save.
It’ll prompt you with some crap about making it easier for your friends to discover blah blah blah, just confirm, and go on with your life as someone who is not a non-compensated spokesmodel.
This is a new thing that Google is rolling out. To opt out of Facebook’s similar (yet entirely internal) endorsement-conscription, go here.
You’re welcome. Hat tip to Larry Magid.