Google Buzz – most annoying thing ever?

I have a Gmail account. I also use Google Reader. Google have now introduced something called ‘Google Buzz’ which connects these two together, along with a load of ‘social networking’ crap. (I recently actually got a Facebook account to see what they’re like. They’re scary. I don’t want the rest of the internet to turn into Facebook please).

What this effectively means is that because I emailed, say, my landlord, a few months back, Gmail now thinks we both want to be bestest facebook-type friends and read everything the other thinks. It also added him to my Google Reader ‘people you’re following’, without asking me. (And i can’t click ‘unfollow’ because he hasn’t approved the request, the request I didn’t send…)

I *like* separating different aspects of my online life. I resent, utterly, this continued trend towards every ‘service’ linking with every other, and just *assuming* that I want everyone who has ever been a part of my life, however casually, to be deeply embedded in every aspect of it. And I also resent that there are some people I know who will *only* use those services, forcing me to share every aspect of my online life or none of it.

What’s so hard about actually clicking ‘yes, I want to add this person’, that that functionality should be taken away?

I’m seriously considering dumping gmail, for a start… I want an email account, not a constant stream of ‘status updates’ and flickr pictures from people I barely know…

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8 Responses to Google Buzz – most annoying thing ever?

  1. Justin says:

    At the bottom of the Gmail page there’s a link, in very tiny writing, that says ‘turn off Buzz’. I clicked it. Hard.

  2. pillock says:

    WHOA. That’s bad.

  3. Dave Godfrey says:

    I’m glad I don’t have a gmail, and kept the old compuserve email I had (which eventually ended up as an AOL one). I don’t even visit AOL’s site these days. I still try to keep things separate- facebook for people I know in the real world, LJ for feeds, and people who write things I want to read, whether I know them or not.

  4. Dave Page says:

    I can set you up with an IMAP / SMTP account on my mailserver if you want one…

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      Thanks. Still weighing up the options. I have the gmail account linked to so many things … I actually have accounts linked to various domains I own (thenationalpep.co.uk and .org.uk , andrewhickey.info, hotliberalaction.co.uk ), all of which just currently forward to Gmail. The problem is trying to figure out which addresses I’m using for which things (Paypal, eMusic, credit cards, online banking, Amazon etc) and spending the time unlinking the gmail one where possible. I’ll do it at some point, but it’s a matter of taking the time to make the effort…
      I’ve never been entirely keen on using Gmail anyway, for all the obvious reasons, but the quality and ease-of-use outweighed the downsides for a long time. But they’re piling on more downside all the time…

  5. Oliver Townshend says:

    Looks like someone was hit harder than you, and got some answers – http://fugitivus.wordpress.com/

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