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After yesterday's reconfirmation of privacy settings, Google has released a video aimed at teens using Google Buzz. The two-minute video spells out exactly what Buzz is, exactly who uses it, and exactly who you could be sharing your information with.
While the video is aimed at teenagers, it's a good refresher for users of any social network. Points covered in the video include keeping private information private, controlling your profile, and knowing how to turn it off, among others. I've fallen victim to the occasional online overshare, so if you find yourself guilty of the same, take a quick look at the video above. Also: props to Google for taking steps to address this issue!
Regardless, Google has made a real point of refining and explaining Buzz's privacy settings. Today, Google will ask all Buzz users to reconfirm their privacy settings. The screen, which will begin rolling out to users later today, will explain all of the changes the Buzz team has made and display your current settings, including links to all sites connected to your Buzz account. You'll then be asked to accept your current settings or be prompted to change them. To check up on your current privacy settings (or disable Buzz completely), open the "Settings" menu in Gmail and click on the "Buzz" tab. You'll see which items will pop up in your inbox, which sites you have currently connected to Buzz, and your contacts.
- Designer-created Nintendo 3DS mock-up — Dvice
- Incase releases a Spring iPad collection — Unplggd
- Have you ever heard of the movie Computer Beach Party? Look it up — Urlesque
- United States of Tara gets a comic book — PopCandy
- Best HDTV for under $500 — Switched
- The HP Slate gets a new promo — Gizmodo
- Doctor Who clips and a video tour of the new Tardis — io9
- Apple introducing iPhone OS 4.0 on Apr. 8 — 9to5 Mac
This week's big Google Buzz announcement may have been the hottest news item, but I found some great new products at this year's Macworld Expo, started gearing up for Valentine's Day, and got excited about this year's Olympics. Check out these stories and others you might have missed this week in my weekly recap.
As soon as Google Buzz was announced, people around the Internet began questioning the service. Was it giving away too much information? Potentially exposing your Gmail address? I worried that I would unintentionally share content with someone I didn't want reading my feed.Google was listening and is now responding to concerns via a blog post. Included in the immediate changes are more visible privacy controls both during the Buzz setup process and on your profile page. Also included: the ability to block anyone following you, allaying my concern.
Google also mentioned it is thinking of operating Buzz independently of Gmail, so conceivably anyone could participate, not only those with a Gmail account. While I don't think any of the new changes are necessarily making content more private, they are making it easier to understand just how much information you're sharing with contacts. And if you're still concerned about privacy, you can always turn Buzz off completely.
Update: Looks like Google has responded with a statement saying they can't confirm the separation between Gmail and Buzz just yet.
- New Wii Weights help you tone up faster while you game — Oh Gizmo!
- What's worse: LCDs or ereaders? — Gizmodo
- Get those Google Buzz privacy settings under control — Switched
- NBC has a whole lot of cable at the 2010 Olympics — Dvice
- The new Ford Edge goes geek — Crave
- Detect leaks before your gadgets are destroyed with this tool — Unplggd
I can't decide if I'm on the Buzz train yet. On one hand, it's built into Gmail so it's easy to use and already includes most of my friends and most-emailed contacts. On the other, I'm still afraid it's a little too easy to post something you may not want everyone reading, and the potential for oversharing is huge. What do you think?
- Auto-following: Buzz automatically follows the people you email and chat with the most.
- Rich, fast sharing experience: Media, videos, photos, and links to websites are brought to you quickly. Kinda looks like Google Reader. A custom photo viewer shows you pics in a large window, and you can easily switch back and forth between your viewer and social stream. Sending links allows you to grab headlines and photos before sending. Also, keyboard shortcuts in Gmail also work in Buzz.
- Public and private sharing: Publish your thoughts to the world (sharing via your Google Profile and indexed in Google Search) or share just between family, friends, and custom groups.
- Inbox integration: Bringing social updates to your inbox — any "shared item" can become a conversation. Comments appear on your items in real time. Also integrates @ replies for items.
- Good stuff: Buzz sends you recommended items and learns over time what you like (by "liking" or "unliking" items) so you can get great content from people you don't know. Google ranks posts based on what's most interesting to you but also by your location.
To find out more about Google Buzz, and some other announcements and enhancements, just read more