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    Google introduced a social networking tool called Google Buzz Tuesday that allows sharing of status updates, images, and videos via a new Gmail tab called Google Buzz. The Google Buzz features will also be available on Android based phones as well as the iPhone (via a Web-based application) allowing for real-time updates to your Google Buzz feed that can show up on a new version of Google's mobile maps.
    (See Related: Google Buzz: A Visual Tour)

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    Google says the new Google Buzz tab will begin showing up on about 1 percent of Gmail user accounts starting today. Google says the rest of Gmail users will be able to see a new Google Buzz tab in their accounts within a week.

    Five Core Features

    Google hopes that instead of conversing on Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace, you'll instead turn to Google Buzz for sharing status updates, photos, and videos. How will the search giant convince you to make Google Buzz your social network of choice? Here are four key features revealed today.

    1. Blends With Gmail

    The main way of accessing Google Buzz will be through Gmail. Below your inbox, there will be a tab for Buzz, allowing you to read status updates, photos, and video. The 40 people you converse with the most in Gmail and Gchat are automatically added as friends. Buzz updates also appear in your inbox if someone comments on your updates or comments, or someone directs a Buzz to your attention by using the familiar "@" symbol.

    2. "Page Rank" for Status Updates

    Google brought up that familiar criticism of social networks, that no one cares if you ate a bagel or stubbed your toe. To compensate for noise, Google Buzz lets you like and dislike status updates, and learn over time whether to show or collapse status updates from your friends. It also looks for conversations outside your direct group of followers and adds them to your feed as recommendations.

    3. Media Gets Pulled In

    Photos from Flickr and Picasa and video from YouTube appear as thumbnails in Google Buzz. Click a YouTube thumbnail, and the video will expand to play inline. Click on a photo, and it'll expand to fill most of the browser window, with the rest of the gallery in a narrow strip along the bottom of the screen.
    If you post a link in Buzz, you'll automatically be able to append images and the headline from that Web page. Finally, you can pull in tweets from Twitter (but no Facebook updates) into Buzz. Unfortunately, you can't send your Buzz updates out to Twitter or other social networks.

    4. Mobile Features

    Google Buzz will be available as a mobile Web app, letting you dictate status updates by voice and geotag your posts. When looking on Google Mobile Maps, Buzz updates appear directly on the map, so you can read location-based updates. You can also look for any recent Buzz updates posted near your current location.

    5. Private and Public

    With each update you send, you'll have a choice of making it private or public. Private updates can go to all of your Buzz followers, or just a select group. Public updates are posted on your Google Profile page and are immediately indexed for Google Search.

    Gmail Goes Social With Google Buzz - PCWorld

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    yeah i saw that today when i signed in to my gmail. haven't used it yet but i'm kind of curious.
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    Heard about it and I do use a lot of Google products (gmail, documents, picasa, etc.) but I'm getting kind of burned out on the Google dominance. I was a big fan of Google, but I'm starting to develop some back lash because they keep rolling out more and more products that they want to integrate. Maybe I don't want to integrate all my email contacts with my personal social media contacts. Maybe I don't want Google's very large shadow looming over everything I do online.

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    I'm tempted because I'm getting pissed off with all the changes in FB every other week (and the fact that it keeps screwing up at the moment) but I'm also wary about getting involved in yet another social networking site to suck up my time with banality.

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    I think it's getting kind of ridiculous that all these internet platforms are ripping each other off little by little.. I NEVER use myspace but I logged in a few weeks ago after not logging in for months and found it remarkably similar to Facebook. You can tag people on Facebook in status updates a la Twitter. Myspace and facebook both have chat functions on the home page. I just find it annoying... Facebook doesn't even interest me that much anymore either.

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    Well, it's official, the Google people are idiots:

    WARNING: Google Buzz Has A Huge Privacy Flaw

    Nicholas Carlson | Feb. 10, 2010, 4:49 PM | 454,067 | 281




    Source: Kevin Steele






    Update: Google released some privacy fixes for Buzz. They're a nice start, but we don't think they go far enough. Read more here: Sorry, Google's Improvements To Buzz Don't Fix Privacy Flaw
    Earlier: There is a huge privacy flaw in Google's new Twitter/Facebook competitor, Google Buzz.
    When you first go into Google Buzz, it automatically sets you up with followers and people to follow.
    A Google spokesperson tells us these people are chosen based on whom the users emails and chats with most using Gmail.
    That's fine.
    The problem is that -- by default -- the people you follow and the people that follow you are made public to anyone who looks at your profile.
    In other words, before you change any settings in Google Buzz, someone could go into your profile and see the people you email and chat with most.
    A Google spokesperson asked us to phrase this claim differently. Like this: "In other words, after you create your profile in Buzz, if you don't edit any of the default settings, someone could visit your profile and see the people you email and chat with most (provided you didn't edit this list during profile creation)."
    (Freaking out already? Here's how to IMMEDIATELY make these list private and then edit them >)

    When you first post to Google Buzz, there is a dialogue box that reads "Before participating in Buzz, you need a public profile with your name and photo." It also says -- albeit in tiny gray letters against a white background, "Your profile includes your name, photo, people you follow, and people who follow you."
    But it does not say that these publicly viewable follower lists are made up of people you most frequently email and chat with.
    Even if it did say that, we doubt most users bother to read the text in the dialogue box before clicking "save profile and continue."
    (This is why it's always safest for Web services providers to make it so sharing information is always an "opt-in," rather than "opt-out," setting. Just ask Facebook, which still remembers Beacon.)
    There is also a "Welcome To Buzz" panel that shows who you are following and who is following you. In a long bit of unbolded text, it says "Buzz is a new way to share updates, photos, videos and more, and start conversations about the things you find interesting. You're already set up to follow the people you email and chat with the most."
    If a user notices the box, it might help users "catch" that they might be following people they don't want the world to know they're following. But you don't have to close the box to use Buzz. Closing the box does not trigger a warning or anything else that alerts the user they've agreed to publish a list of the people they email and chat with most.
    It looks like this:

    The whole point is: Google should just ask users: "Do you want to follow these people we've suggested you follow based on the fact that you email and chat with them? Warning: This will expose to the public who you email and chat with most." Google should not let users proceed to using Buzz until they click, "Yes, publish these lists."
    In my profession -- where anonymous sourcing is a crucial tool -- the implications of this flaw are terrifying.
    But it's bad for others too. Two obvious scenarios come to mind:
    • Imagine if a wife discovering that her husband emails and chats with an old girlfriend a ton.
    • Imagine a boss discovers a subordinate emails with executives at a competitor.
    A Google spokesperson tells us the followers lists are public by default so that people can quickly find new people to follow. Obviously, that's a good thing for Google, which is hoping to get as many people using Google Buzz as soon as possible. It's also meant to be helpful for users. And for those who are unconcerned with telling the world who they email most, it is. But for everyone else, it's terrible.
    It gets to a deeper problem with Google Buzz: It's built on email, which is a very different Internet application than a social network.
    The good news for Google is that this is a very easy problem to fix. Google must either shut off auto-following, or it must make follower lists private by default as soon as possible.
    In the meantime, here's how to IMMEDIATELY make these list private and then edit them >
    Update: We've updated this post to emphasize that there are a few instances where Google does allow users to opt-out of inadvertently publishing a list of the people they email and chat with most.
    We continue to believe these chances to opt-out do not force the user to make a real choice about this setting.
    We believe Google could and should simply make this feature "opt-in" so that people know what they're doing.
    We're stunned the people at Google don''t agree. We bet they change their minds.
    On that point, here's a statement from Google:
    "We thought very carefully about how to create a great experience in Google Buzz with as minimal setup as possible. We designed our auto-following system to enable users to immediately see content from the people they email and chat with most, so when they start using Buzz, it "just works." If users are automatically followed to anyone they'd rather not follow, it's easy to remove these individuals during the auto-following step by clicking on the "edit" link and then clicking "unfollow" next to their names.

    After that, the first time the user creates a post or comment, we ask them to create a profile, principally so they have a name to display next to their post. There's more information on why you need a profile here: http://mail.google.com/support/bin/a...n&answer=17073. In this profile creation step, we inform users that the lists of people they follow and people following them will be displayed on their profile, and make it easy to view and edit these lists. We also make it possible to hide the lists of people they're following and people following them from their profile."
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    WARNING: Google Buzz Has A Huge Privacy Flaw
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    to make a long story short: go to your inbox, scroll down. at the bottom of the page, there's "turn off buzz".

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    There's also instructions on how to tweak your privacy settings if you continue to use Buzz:

    Stop Google Buzz From Showing the World Your Contacts

    Whether you call it a huge privacy flaw or just an annoyance, Google Buzz can put the contacts you automatically follow—a.k.a. those you most frequently email or chat—on a public profile page. Here's how to undo that.
    Google Blogoscoped's Philipp Lenssen felt he had to avoid following certain Buzz contacts, as he didn't want to expose his social circle to the wider net. He's right—if you have a Google Profile, once you set up Buzz, those you're following, and those following you, are shown on your profile page in a right-hand link list.
    Update: This might not apply if you haven't touched much inside Buzz, or haven't set up a Google Profile, or that Profile is set to be hidden from the public. If so, you're mostly in the clear. But keep in mind that, once you post to Buzz, your profile will likely be created, and you'll want to know what's getting put up on the web.
    To turn this off, sign into your Google account (via Gmail or elsewhere) and head to your Google profile—that link should work if you're signed in. Look for the two links showing "Following X people" and "X people following me." There's a gray note underneath those numbers, indicating whether they're visible to just you or to everyone.
    If they're visible to everyone, hit the "Edit Profile" link on the right-hand edge of the blue bar in the middle of the page, to the right of "About me," "Buzz," and "Contact info." In the third column of options there, there are checkboxes that control privacy features, and one of them is labeled "Display the list of people I'm following and people following me." Un-check that box, and now your list of followers and followees is private—or at least seen only by those you're following, perhaps.
    Want Google Buzz gone entirely? Log into Gmail, then look at the bottom of your inbox page for a "Turn off Buzz" link. If you're mainly annoyed at Buzz's constant, um, buzzing, read up on removing Buzz updates from your inbox.
    This tip came courtesy of Contributing Editor Lisa, who was similarly shocked to see Google dropping everyone's frequently-contacted names on the net. If you've found a similarly crucial privacy tweak for Buzz, tell us about it in the comments.

    Send an email to Kevin Purdy, the author of this post, at kevin@lifehacker.com.
    Stop Google Buzz From Showing the World Your Contacts - google buzz - Lifehacker
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    Thanks, I just turned it off. Fuck it. If anyone wants to get social with me, give me a call or drop by for coffee.

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    Did you follow the detailed instructions in the second article? Because merely turning off google buzz will still keep your profile public.
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    I didn't follow the instructions, but I must have turned off the public profile options when they first rolled that information out, because it asks me if I want to make my profile public and use my real name when I click on that link.

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