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HOW TO Disable Google Buzz

Posted in Google Buzz by stoneatwine on March 15, 2010

Since Google Buzz was launched, a big number of people have complained about it.

Maybe you were unhappy with Buzz privacy settings which were confusing and you couldn’t tell if your information was public or private.

Or you already use Twitter and Facebook and you are not ready to take on another social networking service.

You might even not be happy with having Buzz within Gmail.

Whatever your reason is, here is how to disable Google Buzz

1. Click Settings at the top right of your Gmail page

2. Click the Buzz tab

3. You’ll see options for disabling Buzz on the Buzz tab. Choose the appropriate one. You can even disable Buzz completely.

4. Save changes

Another way to do it simply scroll down on you Gmail page and click turn off buzz in the Gmail View section

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Google Buzz Launched

Posted in Uncategorized by stoneatwine on February 10, 2010

In trying to save itself from totally being drowned out from social media scene by Facebook and Twitter, Google has – as previously rumored – launched its service, named Google Buzz.

Google Buzz makes it easy for Gmail users to share status updates and content across the web including photos and video. It will be integrated with Google’s photo-sharing site Picasa and video-sharing site YouTube.

Buzz will also have a mobile site and Google intends to launch Buzz for businesses at a later stage.

At the Tuesday press conference, Google Buzz product manager Todd Jackson said “You will automatically follow the people you e-mail and chat with on a regular basis. You will be able to share content from around the Web, including YouTube videos, Flickr photos, site links and other materials. You will be able to share your thoughts in a public way and in a private way. You will get social updates in your inbox. And Google will help you find only the stuff that matters by recommending popular content. The mobile version of Buzz can figure out where you are and show you nearby buzz posts.”

Google has so far failed to get a stronghold in social networking with its Orkut service failing miserably in other parts of the world apart from Brazil where it is hugely popular.

Even with this effort, I think Google will still struggle to beat Facebook and Twitter because I don’t see any reason anyone already using the latter two would want to sign up for Buzz.

If you don’t see Google Buzz in your Gmail, take heart because it is slowly being rolled out and all Gmail users will eventually be able to use it.