Some People Will Be Stung by Buzz

As I wrote yesterday, Google's integration of Buzz with Gmail is both a pro and con of the service. I wrote, "the assumption is wrong that the people you email with are the same people you want to relate with on a social media site." Silicon Alley insider fleshes out this issue in a bit more detail, and I couldn't agree more:

When you first go into Google Buzz, it automatically sets you up with followers and people to follow. A Google spokesperson tells us these people are chosen based on whom the users emails and chats with most using Gmail...The problem is that -- by default -- the people you follow and the people that follow you are made public to anyone who looks at your profile. In other words, before you change any settings in Google Buzz, someone could go into your profile and see who are the people you email and chat with most...

In my profession -- where anonymous sourcing is a crucial tool -- the implications of this flaw are terrifying.

Read WARNING: Google Buzz Has A Huge Privacy Flaw.

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