Here comes Google Buzz. What does it mean? Comment WordPress (6) Facebook () Google+ 6 Responses Mark I am surprised how many companies, including yours, seem to support this type of network? Especially in the manner it has been released. Nothing here about the UK Data Protection Act 1998, nothing here about the way Google assume you want to use it, nothing about the exploitation of existing users of the simple email address. I’m sorry, but I see it as a downside the fact your contacts are automatically added as friends rather than Facebook where you have to specifically add and manage them. Finally, there should have been a registration form to join rather than the defacto integration of ‘Buzz’. Fortunately I have been able to remove it from my Google mail services but the method by which you can do this is not that transparent either. Another example of unethical marketing practice and potential exploitation of the more niaive users on the Internet along with their data. VA:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) February 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm Guy Hoogewerf Mark you rather wonderfully leave you message here, yet complain about privacy! I think the way Buzz was launched was both sensible and clever, all this secrecy, what do people have to hide. I read a lovely anecdote about Spies being found out and love affairs being exposed. Come on people if you’re going to do something illicit get off the Internet. Buzz is a great idea – it will be ruined by people and their silly privacy ideas. VA:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) February 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm Stewart You neglect to mention that this is actually Googles second attempt at jumping on the social networking bandwagon. Their first attempt was Orkut which failed miserably everywhere except India and Brazil. I agree with a lot of Mark’s comments. VA:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) February 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm John L I too am very unhappy how it was forced upon us. Luckily in the UK not many people use Googlemail (I personally know none other than myself and my address book has nearly 300 contacts)so it didn’t cause me any problems. I have disabled it and it has ensured that I will never give Google more information that it needs as it is proving to be untrustworthy. If you have a Google profile then you still have a problem as shutting down Buzz in Googlemail doesn’t stop it. This is a very bad idea that has been extremely badly handled and I have yet to see a positive post about it. You could say it is a public relations nightmare and I am concerned it is not within the UK law on privacy either. If it isn’t I would like to see a prosecution as these type of companies need to be reigned in. Just goes to show that for all the good stuff that Google comes out with they will not miss the first opportunity to shaft their customers. VA:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) February 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm David I’ve not seen it yet but if Mark is right, I’m on it already. Some of the networking sites are not particularly well written, so there is plenty of scope to improve. I’ve tried a good selection of the ones noted in Wikipedia. But the best ones don’t necessarily win. I rather like Hi5, which lets you slip in html, is easy to customise and edit and has some other nice features but it’s just not very popular. Linkedin is more useful than Facebook, has lots of good groups and takes up less time than Facebook. Facebook is a time-muncher. Once you have a Google account, it seems to be par for the course that you are signed up for everything else they have to offer. It comes with the territory. Mark is right about the privacy issue. The whole 1984 thing has come to pass. As an individual it’s hard to fight it, especially if you are in the business of marketing that which you do. These social networking sites must really be considered public forums, so be savy on them. And if you want to harness the magic of new media for your family and friends, register a private blog, so that you have an outlet for your friends and family pics and the thoughts you would share with your nearest but not the World. VA:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) February 19, 2010 at 1:34 am Annette I totally agree with Mark’s comments. I dont like the fact Buzz has been forced on into my gmail account the same as I dont like MSN Live and seeing what all the buddies are doing. If you go deep enuf you can unfortunately even see some of the comments left amongst buddies which I think is terrible and I’m sure many are not aware of this. Too much information is out there on the net about people and privacy is becoming a forgotten word. Mark – can you tell me how to remove Buzz please VA:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) February 20, 2010 at 2:14 am Click here to cancel reply.