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
What is Google Buzz?
Google Buzz is a social networking tool built within Google’s email service Gmail. Buzz is like an RSS feed but it’s also completely social and has some Facebook-like features like sharing links, updates, pictures, and videos in real-time. It also allows us to like and comment.
If you have used Friendfeed, (acquired by Facebook) then Buzz will be easy to grasp. Although Buzz has both Facebook and Twitter Features, it looks and works more like Friendfeed than Twitter of Facebook.
Both personal computers (Mac too) and mobile devices can access Google Buzz. At a later date, Google will release Buzz for business. Buzz can also be turned on and off from inside Gmail.
Google Buzz allows you to add other sites like Picasa, Google Reader, Flickr, Twitter and other blogs or sites to your profile and every time a new you post from any of those sites, your content will automatically show up in Buzz.
It also sends responses to your posts straight to your Gmail inbox so you don’t get to miss out on anything of interest.
The Buzz Experience
I have found Buzz excellent for engagement. Many people who are actively using it testify to its ease of use in regards to engagement and discussions. But it is also very very noisy. Every post that gets a comment is automatically sent to the top and this makes it hard for me to keep track of things.
Google has solved the privacy issues that people were initially complaining about upon launch where Buzz would automatically follow people it deemed your ‘friends’ on your behalf.
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.