Google Buzz might reveal your secrets

According to Isis. Check it out. Then come back here. I don’t want you hanging out over there.


  1. #1 jj
    February 11, 2010

    They’ve been covering this like mad over at Gizmodo. I downloaded the newest Google Maps for my Android phone, and saw this new “Buzz” crap. Well, I am now officially freaked about our Google overlords. I may just have to give up on using google in general.

  2. #2 Anon
    February 11, 2010

    I would avoid going there if she would think you are FOG and wish to remain anonymous.

  3. #3 Treppenwitz
    February 11, 2010

    It’s worth noting that you can unshare Google Reader and Picasa. You can also prevent your full name from being displayed. Stupid default settings, though.

  4. #4 Ellie
    February 11, 2010

    Agreed. Nothing that I find particularly scary about the whole thing, except it’s utterly stupid defaults. They have caused me to turn the whole thing off rather than spend time getting to understand it. The first person to start following me was my boss, sod that!

  5. #5 KristinMH
    February 12, 2010

    Wow, she really doesn’t like you, does she.

    Anyway, I don’t get why Google is trying to turn Gmail into Twitter, but apparently they’re fixing it. I don’t use Gmail myself, so I will be over here reading R. Crumb’s “Genesis”.

  6. #6 MadScientist
    February 12, 2010

    I use Gmail but long for the long lost days of simpler email clients that didn’t offer all your stuff to the world. Well, technically they did because hardly anyone ran secure mail relays. Come to think of it, hardly anyone runs secure mail relays even today. I don’t mind the chat thing (as long as I get to choose which people can see that I’m logged in and who can chat with me); the old UNIX ‘message’ command has to have been one of the most abused tools in history – and idiots loved to use ‘banner’ on top of that. (banner < /misc/complete_works_of_shakespeare | message ‘poor_victim’) but otherwise ‘message’ was the equivalent of this chat thing. I know some people who love the whole googlesphere – but I loathe it. I find all the google stuff (gmail is barely tolerable at the moment) far too invasive and imposing – like the early versions of ‘StarOffice’ which hijacked your MSWinduhs desktop. So I have no google maps, no google desktop, no google earth, and I scream at my boss if he ever suggests I install some googlecrap. Unfortunately google is the only half sensible search engine remaining.

  7. #7 rob
    February 12, 2010

    goats are nice.

  8. #8 Taylor
    April 29, 2010

    Sheep go to heaven…. goats go to hell.