i get that you’re trying to organize the world’s information, and not be Evil. that’s something i can get behind. honestly! and i also really appreciate Gmail, and Google Reader. and Google Wave seems interesting and all, if i could figure out how to use it properly.
but this new buzz thing … i just had a fight with it, and i won’t be making up anytime soon. let me tell you why.
my Google account is linked to many things that are not supposed to be public: Gmail, for instance. and, in case you weren’t aware of the way you’ve programmed this new beast of yours, my Contacts are from that account — PERSONAL CONTACTS for my PERSONAL EMAIL for my (theoretical) PERSONAL LIFE. ahem. sorry. i will try and stop shouting.
so this morning, i saw a tweet about how my Contacts were being made public because of Buzz. so then i went and looked, and, behold! it was true! i don’t know what inspired the Google Profile, but i’m not happy about it. so, i went into the settings, where the full extent of your duplicity appeared.
boxes, CHECKED: ‘Display my full name so I can be found in search’ and ‘Display the list of people I’m following and people following me’
….. i will not curse or yell. i will just very calmly UNCHECK THE BOXES. dear Google, let’s take a second to think this one through. by putting Buzz in my Gmail, you implied to me that it was yet another way for me to communicate with my Contacts — i.e., people that i actually know.
then, i went back to my Gmail, to respond to something i had seen in Buzz — something MY PERSONAL CONTACT said. and behold! i am now locked out, because i decided that i would prefer privacy. apparently if i’m not willing to play publicly, i can’t play at all.
so instead of this being a new way to connect with people i know, this is your attempt to take on Twitter. and i can understand why you’d want to do that. hell, i’m on Twitter almost as often as i check my email! the difference is, Twitter actually ASKED me if i wanted people to see me and talk to me. Twitter ASKED me if maybe i knew people who were also on Twitter, and gave me several ways to find them. WITHOUT raiding my personal Contact list!
Google, i’m not going to mince words. this is Kind-of Evil.