Saturday, February 13, 2010


I hate to sound curmudgeonly, because I'm really not, but I do not like the new Buzz.

I don't twitter and don't text and RARELY chat, so when Buzz popped up in my google account it was at best, annoying.  What really gets me is that they built this system on my e-mail contacts, assumed I wanted to follow people and people wanted to follow me, and did it peremptorily, rather than asking if I wanted to opt-in.  Even an "opt-out" button would have been nice.  Instead, to get it to turn off one has to jump through a few hoops.

In most other respects, I LOVE Google.  I even have stock in the company!  I believe very strongly in their corporate structure and goals.  But this is a bit creepy and paternalistic to assume that everyone wants to do things their way.

Here's a good article on how to get rid of it if you want to do so.  KILL BUZZ


quilly said...

Interesting. I was asked. When I signed into my Google account I got a little, "Do you want buzz" pop up and I said no. No buzz.

Susan at Stony River said...

Thanks for that link!
Buzz hasn't shown up in my account yet, but I've been reading all over the place about people being verrrrrry unhappy over privacy issues. Wow.

Anonymous said...

I don't get that Buzz either. It's hard to get the settings correct. And it opts you in publicly and that's just plain wrong. :)

SouthLakesMom said...

Quilly - from what I'm reading though, that may not be 'enough' to actually turn the thing off! Stay vigilant...

Susan & Thom -- I had moments of thinking it might be a good thing with 2 teens, i.e. knowing about their chats...but it occurred to me if I could see theirs, they could see mine.

Judd Corizan said...

Hi Southlakes Mom-
I'm Judd Corizan from the meme Sunday Stealing. ( I thought I'd take the time to invite you and all Random Dozen players to join us this and every Sunday. We have a group of great players who participate. We usually post by 3PM Eastern time on Saturdays.


Nessa said...

I was asked, too, when I went in my google account. I said no.

Purdie Pyrate

That corgi :) said...

never heard of Buzz so I'll have to do some checking; I don't Twitter or do Facebook so I'm thinking I wouldn't be crazy about Buzz. thanks for the info; going to read that link now