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The comic makes a joke on the fact that some companies will use real customers' names in their advertisements (usually labelled "satisfied" customers). To try and put a stop to his own information being used, Cueball sets his last name to "If-you-see-this-name-in-an-ad-give-the-product-a-one-star-review-Smith", a name that no company would ever use, not only because it is clearly fake and too lengthy, but because the name would place the thought in the average viewer's mind to give the product a bad rating should they be given the chance ("give-the-product-a-one-star-review").
The title text references the fact that most of these companies do have an "opt out" option so that your name won't be used, but then makes a point that YouTube recently forced their users' accounts to be tied to Google+, where one could set their real name to display on their channel, and that this feature does not have an "opt out" option. However, this has not stopped people from using names that aren't their own, such as "Barack Obama" and "Chuck Norris".
- [Cueball is sitting at a desk, using a desktop computer.]
- First Name: John
- Last Name: If-you-see-this-name-in-an-ad-give-the-product-a-one-star-review-Smith
- How to deal with companies harvesting your profile for marketing
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