Can someone please explain to me how I have a Google Buzz account?
Yes, I know, all those people complaining about Google Buzz found that their Gmail contacts where, all of a sudden, added to the service.
And Google, this week, apologized for messing up.
Well, Google, please explain my scenario, because I don’t have a bloody Gmail account.
Yet, you’ve seen ﬁt to provide me with a Buzz account—something I do not want—and, like so many others, added 19 followers to it.
This was today. This was after your supposed apology for messing up people’s privacy.
I guess you’ve ﬁgured that after messing up Gmail users’ lives, you’re now going after non-Gmail users.
Incidentally, can someone also please explain to me why I have 18 requests for Google Reader followers when I have done everything possible to remove every last piece of information out of there? Just where did these 18 suddenly come from?
Of those eighteen, I know seven.
I am talking about Google Reader—that service which still gave me recommendations for sites to follow based on my feeds and Web History, even though I had no feeds and had turned off Web History. Privacy breach much?
Then, in my Google Proﬁle, why have you introduced new ﬁelds in there and checked them by default? I was very careful to remove information out of there, but now, supposedly, I want you to ‘Display the list of people I’m following and people following me’.
Are your people so stupid that you would introduce a new ﬁeld dealing with privacy and turn it on by default? The week after your Google Buzz débâcle? Who did you hire? People from Facebook?
Does your HR department hire bottom-of-the-class guys, or do you ﬁnd morons and train them down?
Rather ironical, considering that this week, I have been de-Googling my life. Looks like Google doesn’t like my removing myself from its services, so it’s forcibly put me on to new ones and created new options which it has checked by default, decreasing my privacy.
It wasn’t enough that you had put me on to Reader and turned on Web History after I turned it off.
Consider my proﬁle deleted, dickheads. You are not getting any more of my personal information from me.
Really, Google, WTF?
PS.: Deleting my proﬁle has made no difference to my Buzz account: it remains there, complete with followers.—JY
P.PS.: Scootley at the Gmail forums explains that anyone can get a Buzz account, even if they do not use Gmail. Here’s what I don’t get (correct me if I am wrong):
• Buzz is part of Gmail.
• If I have never signed up to Gmail and agreed to its terms and conditions, what governs my relationship with Google over Buzz?
I decided to ﬁnd out.
Ironically, I re-created a new proﬁle and unchecked the ‘Display the list of people I’m following and people following me’ option, and now, Buzz has ﬁnally disappeared. (This did not work earlier—and Scootley conﬁrms that that should have had no effect on Buzz’s presence in my Google Dashboard. Still, it’s gone, so I’m happy.)—JY
P.P.PS.: One consequence of having no Google proﬁle is that Google punishes you in the search results. In an ego-surf of my name with quotes, I dipped 10,000 results because of the missing proﬁle. (I also dipped 10,000 after an earlier attempt a few days ago of having my proﬁle turned off.) Like one page on Google really counts for 10,000 hits—but apparently, Google gets pissy at you for turning your proﬁle off!
Well, I’d rather have a drop of 10,000 references than have weird services appear in my Google proﬁle!—JY