Thoughts on Google Buzz
- Just like Facebook has done “ repeatedly “ Google has miscalculated privacy implications as well as the literacy of its total user base. Fortunately, they have an opportunity to recover, an opportunity they would be well advised to take advantage, which I suspect they are. So far, they’ve made a number of small but meaningful changes.
- I really like the ability to use the keyboard shortcuts from Google Reader. You can call them up by pressing [Shift+?] or view them here.
- gBuzz has changed my sharing patterns “ as in I share less “ not at all on Buzz and less everywhere else. I’ve taken my Google Profile BACK to private. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, the circle of REAL people who now are exposed to the ONLINE me has gotten larger, and I’m not entirely comfortable with that. There are a couple of reasons for this:
- I share a lot (of curated content, not personal details), something that I think turns off some people and intimidates others.
- You have no control of said content after you share it.
- Frankly, I doubt the REAL people in my life will use gBuzz. I am not most people, but they are.
- My energies are better spent encouraging others to create a contribute, rather than add another service and another stream for myself.
- Your privacy is only as good as its weakest link. My email connect the online me, which is largely pseudonymous with the REAL me, such as my Facebook and LinkedIn. Google Buzz surfaced those connections, which were previously obscured (not private).
- A related thought on chatroulette “ it is a thoroughly enjoyable freak show. The masks, the memes, the reactions, etc. I think my experience is degraded since I don’t have a webcam “ people need to know that you are sharing the same amount they are. It really is a matter of “I’ll show you mine if you show me your’s , evidently in all senses of the words. In order for Buzz to have maximum value for Google, your participation must be public. That public participation, if people were literate in the consequences, may make participation for the individual less valuable.
Tags: Google Buzz, Privacy, sharing, twitter