The web is full of social networks. Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Bebo, LinkedIn, XING, and now… Google Buzz.
Google launched their own foray into the world of social networking last week (somewhat a little later than it’s search rival Yahoo!) with what seems like little concern for privacy, but aptly a lot of Buzz.
There are reports across the web (from some major news sources) of ‘privacy violations‘ and multiple admissions from the search engine giant that they had made some mistakes with the initial release. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner in Canada and the Federal Trade Comission (FTC) in America are both said to be investigating Google Buzz after complaints from privacy watchdogs.
It seems to have become very serious, very quickly.
Through the whole debate around online privacy that is about to take hold of the media as a result of this product launch, we should however remember that Buzz is just the latest in a long line of product releases from “the Big G” – some controversial, some sure successes, and some that don’t quite know what they are… yet.
This all seems like an over-reaction. When you turn Buzz on for the first time it gives you several opportunities to opt out, select who is and is not in your circle, etc. I think Facebook has done stuff that is much worse and people don’t flip out like this. People need to pay attention before clicking ‘ok’
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