Feb 13 2010

Google Buzz and Privacy Concerns

This week, Google rolled out its newest service, a Facebook sort of thing called Google Buzz. Apparently, Google Buzz was only offered initially to a portion of Gmail users (so I suppose I ought to feel lucky that I was offered the opportunity to try it out). Almost immediately, users started complaining about privacy issues concerning Google’s newest creation.

In all honesty, Google Buzz was not initially very well thought out. Buzz contacts were visible by default on public profiles until users edited their settings. Users were up in arms about this and Google responded, bringing changes to Buzz to make it more privacy-oriented. There is now a checkbox in profile setup that says users must acknowledge that the names of the contacts they follow will be displayed on their profiles.

Google also added a block option for users that can be used whether or not a user has a profile set up or not. The previous option only allowed users to block followers if they had set up a public profile.

Despite privacy concerns, Buzz has been having relative success. Many people have checked it out, making millions of posts and over 200 posts per minute with cell phones.

Via eWeek, image via Google.

1 Comments on this post


  1. Facebook’s Privacy Issues | NetbookBoards.com wrote:

    […] settings or simply do not care, both of which are a problem. Of course other companies, such as Google, have had problems with privacy in the past. But as Dan Costa said in his article at PC World, […]

    April 22nd, 2010 at 11:25 pm


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