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BUZZ off...

Got a Gmail account? And are suddenly up to you ears in Buzz?

You might want to take a look at this:

Careful with the Google Buzz
Gmail’s “turn off buzz” (still) does not turn off Buzz; here’s how to really do it


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Feb. 16th, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
O_o Well... isn't that just special? I don't think I ever filled out a profile, so I think I'm ok. But DAMN, talk about jumping through hoops!
Feb. 16th, 2010 09:50 am (UTC)
Isn't it wonderful how they don't give you the *option* to implement Buzz, but rather automatically turn it on for you? Without you knowing? And making you do all sorts of strange contortions until you can turn it off again? If that's not an invasion of privacy, I don't know what is.

Well, if you're getting strange mails, then it's probably better to just delete your profile totally.


I think Google's going too far with this.
Feb. 16th, 2010 11:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I'd delete it in a heartbeat, but after much searching... I can't find it. So I'm thinking I just never created one. I hope. O.o I had not seen a thing on this at ALL. I noticed that it seemed like I had a couple of extra icons one day last week, but it was more of a... 'Gee, does that look different?' kind of thing.
Feb. 16th, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
Then you probably really never created one. Thank the Gods.

I don't like the underhandedness of it all. They don't give you the chance to opt out. Instead, you're presented with a fait accompli. And you can't even say "no" properly. >.
Feb. 16th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
It pisses me off even more that you're given that fake 'turn it off' thing!
That's like the trick my mother-in-law used to pull on her kids... they'd be in the bathtub and she'd need to come in the room. They'd be all 'Mom! You can't come in here!' and she'd tell THEM to close their eyes! o.O
Feb. 16th, 2010 01:20 pm (UTC)
Indeed. You push that button and think that it's all taken care off. And behind your back Google is merrily distributing your personal information. Not good.
Feb. 16th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
Like above, I have no profile, so I hope that means I thwarted this. What a nuisance!
Feb. 16th, 2010 09:51 am (UTC)
Hopefully, yes. Maybe you should delete it, just to be on the safe side?
Feb. 16th, 2010 07:01 am (UTC)
thanks for the links - I was a little concerned with the whole 'buzz' crap....
Feb. 16th, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
My pleasure.

There's been quite a bit of news-coverage over here on Buzz, so I was already primed to be wary of it. When I read those blogs above, I *knew* I didn't want any part of it. I'm 'public' enough, as is. I don't need Google to decide *for* me, just how much *more* public I should be. >.
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