February 11, 2010
Do you know who’s eavesdropping? I use GMail, Google Search, Google Docs, Google Maps, Google Contacts, Google Calendar, Google Checkout, YouTube, Chrome extensively… hell, I even use Google DNS servers at home.  I signed up for GrandCentral back in the day, and of course it’s now more commonly known as Google Voice after Google acquired them.  I don’t use Picasa or Orkut only because they are not leaders in that space.  My point is, Google knows a ton of stuff about me.How pissed was I to find that while trying out Google Buzz (when signing in to GMail, no less) yesterday automatically means that they created a public profile for me, which has my picture and my full name.  Um, no, I did not sign up for this, Google.  I don’t have a problem with people commenting on my posts or “liking” a post, but I did not opt in to have my full Google profile linked to these Buzz posts.I don’t know who Carl is.  My friend does not know who Carl is.  I’m sure that he really is a nice guy, and I’m sure that if he were to come to me and my friend’s very private dinner, we would have a grand old time.  But it scares me to think that I have absolutely no control over what information Google is attaching to my posts.  Since then, I’m glad to see that you can choose to make each post private, but there should be a way to default all of your posts private.  And you should never assume your users are okay with you attaching infomration that you know about them in other apps.  Google, despite your motto, you are completely evil.
Update:
I posted these Buzzes on the day Google Buzz was launched.  It created a public profile for me without being explicit about what it was about to do.  Since then, their UI has a bit more clarification now.  Just want to clear this up as I got some people contacting me about this issue.

Do you know who’s eavesdropping?

I use GMail, Google Search, Google Docs, Google Maps, Google Contacts, Google Calendar, Google Checkout, YouTube, Chrome extensively… hell, I even use Google DNS servers at home.  I signed up for GrandCentral back in the day, and of course it’s now more commonly known as Google Voice after Google acquired them.  I don’t use Picasa or Orkut only because they are not leaders in that space.  My point is, Google knows a ton of stuff about me.

How pissed was I to find that while trying out Google Buzz (when signing in to GMail, no less) yesterday automatically means that they created a public profile for me, which has my picture and my full name.  Um, no, I did not sign up for this, Google.  I don’t have a problem with people commenting on my posts or “liking” a post, but I did not opt in to have my full Google profile linked to these Buzz posts.

I don’t know who Carl is.  My friend does not know who Carl is.  I’m sure that he really is a nice guy, and I’m sure that if he were to come to me and my friend’s very private dinner, we would have a grand old time.  But it scares me to think that I have absolutely no control over what information Google is attaching to my posts.  Since then, I’m glad to see that you can choose to make each post private, but there should be a way to default all of your posts private.  And you should never assume your users are okay with you attaching infomration that you know about them in other apps.  

Google, despite your motto, you are completely evil.

Update:

I posted these Buzzes on the day Google Buzz was launched.  It created a public profile for me without being explicit about what it was about to do.  Since then, their UI has a bit more clarification now.  Just want to clear this up as I got some people contacting me about this issue.

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