This message sounds very promising, doesn’t it? And this:
How easy for Gmail users to start buzzing around. Until people found that what this got them into. It’s like that you suddenly realize you’re wearing the emperor’s new clothes in the public.
The privacy issue regarding Google Buzz has made a big splash in all media. Without proper setting, Google Buzz can put the contacts you automatically follow, e.g. those you most frequently email or chat, on a public profile page.
If you haven’t created your profile page or haven’t started using Buzz, you’re out of this exposure. But it may change when you start to post to Google Buzz.
Google claimed that it was very easy for users to edit their privacy setting. But then why not put this issue clearly in their first introduction video? Or, how about putting some words about privacy concern in the Google Buzz homepage?
After clicking at it, this page showed up:
Well, I’d just click at “turn off Google Buzz” in the bottom of my Gmail Inbox to stop Google from buzzing around me.🙄
- Critics Say Google Invades Privacy With New Service (02/12/2010, New York Times)
- A new Buzz start-up experience based on your feedback (2/13/2010, Official GMail Blog)
- Buzz Drops Auto-Following, Won’t Automatically Connect to Google Services, Adds Better Disable (02/13/2010, Lifehacker)