The most annoying thing about Google Buzz was logging into G-mail and finding I was automatically following all my Google contacts and no other options were provided. Then the rest sunk in. Yikes! The people I follow and the people that follow me have been made public to anyone who looks at my Google profile. Yes, it was yet another privacy issue!
Well, the reaction was swift and negative. In no time at all we had the instructions for turning Google Buzz off.
So I quickly logged into G-mail scrolled to the very bottom of the page. In the tiny text way down there I found ‘turn off buzz’ and clicked. The colorful Google Buzz Button that was on the top left hand sidebar disappeared.
Yesterday I read this:
Google is switching to an “auto-suggest” feature as opposed to the “auto follow” feature, which has created much of the criticism. Now instead of Google making users automatically follow people from their Google contacts, it will simply offer some suggestions for people to follow, not unlike Facebook or Twitter.
… Google’s latest round of Buzz adjustments includes a way to turn Buzz off in Gmail. They’re adding a Buzz tab in Gmail settings, where users can hide Buzz from Gmail or disable it completely. Google Continues to Adjust Buzz to Ease Concerns
Now we can now hide the lists of followers and those we follow and we can block specific contacts from following Buzz updates. So are you using Google Buzz or are you turned off?
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