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Sunday, February 14, 2010

After Privacy Concerns, More Gmail Buzz Changes Coming

Google announced a couple of further changes to Gmail Buzz, in relation to the privacy concerns people voiced in the past days. Following people will now require a more explicit, not so easy to miss opt-in action. Furthermore, Google Reader and Picasa sites won’t be auto-connected to your Buzz account now (even though they’re public). Third, Gmail will also include a new Buzz settings tab, in which you can (among other things) completely disable your Buzz account. Google in their post says sorry because they feel they “didn’t get everything quite right”.

One setting I’m not sure is easy to find at the moment though is to disable yourself from showing in the “follows” lists of profiles of others... does anyone know more about this? I’ve heard this can be changed by the setting “Display my full name so I can be found in search” in your profile, but if that’s true then it doesn’t seem to be very obvious. Something else I’m not sure about is which settings exactly stop you to be suggested to others to be followed.

[Thanks Mbegin!]


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