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cbertsch
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Buzzed
I'm exploring Google's new social networking service Buzz. As I told a friend today, the most obvious advantage it holds is easy access to "fun" while still in one's Gmail browser. Beyond that, though, I am not sure how I will use it or if it will prove useful. The public aspect -- personal "open source"? -- makes me a little anxious, since Facebook still preserves the illusion of a closed network. But I am looking for a way to communicate more regularly with the tighter circle of friends that used to make Live Journal my go-to site. I still have a network here, but many of my favorite people have grown scarce in the past two years. Still, you can't beat the comment threading in these parts.

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st_ranger From: st_ranger Date: February 13th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm gracehoper23 there if you wanna join axons.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 13th, 2010 07:10 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I found you! Thanks for the tip.
e4q From: e4q Date: February 13th, 2010 08:54 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

you can't beat a

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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 13th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: you can't beat a

Nicely done! I've been secretly longing for one of your super fonts. . .

:-)
e4q From: e4q Date: February 13th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: super fonts

you can't beat a secret longing...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 14th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: super fonts

As I well know!
e4q From: e4q Date: February 14th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: they come in many shapes and sizes...

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 14th, 2010 08:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: they come in many shapes and sizes...

::smiling broadly::
bitterlawngnome From: bitterlawngnome Date: February 13th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
watch it with "Buzz" I've read several reports now of it misbehaving ... making info public that you wanted kept private, etc
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 13th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It sure is confusing at first. I've been testing it out. So far, the privacy seems OK. But there were several times when I almost did something wrong. I suspect that once people figure out how to use it, the problems will diminish. For my part, though, even if I'm interested in flexible privacy, I always write everything as if it were going to be maximally public. My experience with closed circuits suggests that they are almost always more open than they are purported to be!
leela_cat From: leela_cat Date: February 14th, 2010 03:23 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I object to anything that's forced on me. Buzz should have been an opt-in service, not opt-out. And, because of that, I'll never sign up for it.

Online privacy may be at least partially a mirage, but I don't appreciate having it taken away from me without my consent.
alsoname From: alsoname Date: February 14th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wait, it's opt-out? So if I have a Gmail account, I have to figure out how to opt out of it?

I'm a stranger to you, so feel free to ignore my questions! I'll find the answers on my own. Thanks for the heads up, though. I'm concerned about my privacy so I'm going to look into that now.
leela_cat From: leela_cat Date: February 14th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes, Buzz is automatically turned on, and people can "follow" you without your permission.

Go here for information on how to disable it and to disable any "followers" you might have picked up: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10451703-2.html

I'm glad to be able to help point you in the right direction.
alsoname From: alsoname Date: February 14th, 2010 04:59 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thank you so much! I was trying to find the information myself but was having trouble. Even searching within my Gmail account I didn't find information to be very forthcoming. Ugh.
leela_cat From: leela_cat Date: February 14th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You're welcome. Google has provided (un)surprisingly little information about how to make Buzz go away.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 14th, 2010 05:14 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes, it's a huge problem. I feel stupid for not seeing it at first. While I don't feel that it affects me that much directly, I see much better why it wasn't simply a bug, but a structural decision with huge ramifications.
leela_cat From: leela_cat Date: February 14th, 2010 05:20 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Sorry that I sounded so abrupt in my comment. I didn't realise how annoyed I still am at Google over the whole thing.

At some level, I believe the decision should always be for opt-in as a default not opt-out. I really do understand that a determined and knowledgeable person can pretty much find out anything they want on the internet, but relatively few people are that determined (never mind that knowledgeable).

OTOH, I'm sure that lots of people will enjoy Buzz. Me? I still haven't figured out Facebook.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 14th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yeah, I get that. I don't know why that stuff doesn't bother me more. Maybe I already feel so exposed that the loss of privacy seems insignificant. But I do understand why the distinction matters so much.
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