It’s only one day of Google Buzz launch and its already created a lot of buzz about privacy flaws in Google’s new Gmail-based social networking tool, Buzz. The issue is a feature that collects a list of the Gmail contacts which users most frequently chat or email with. Google Buzz automatically starts following these people and the big concern is that it makes the list public which means any stranger can see which Buzz user is following you and vice-versa.
However, Google Buzz only shares information about the user who are using Buzz and created a public profile in Google. While Buzz requires users to setup a public profile before they can buzz, that time Google gives an option to hide who you are following and who is following you. If you haven’t hide that time, by default Google make the information public.
But not to worry my friends, you can still hide this information by following some simple steps:
1) Click on “Buzz” button on right side just below the “Inbox” button and now click on your name
2) Click on “Google Profile” button
4) Uncheck the check box next to “Display the list of people I’m following and people following me”
6) You automatically redirected to your profile page. Your following and followed are private now
You can clearly see the difference after doing these settings. Hope this will end your worries about privacy flaws about Google Buzz until Google people will find a permanent solution.
You can also see our previous post which will show you how to follow/unfollow contacts, hide or turn off Google Buzz completely or some tips to use Buzz.
Till then, Happy Buzzing !!