14 February 2010
Quick tip for being a responsible citizen of Google Buzz: Buzz lets you specify groups of addressees for each site which is connected to your Buzz. So if you don’t want to bore your lolcat-loving mom with your latest ramblings on social media, all you have to do is to define who sees what:
- go to your buzz
- click connected sites
- in the list of connected sites click Edit for the source you want to refine
- in the pull-down box choose Private and then check the checkboxes of the contact groups you want your items to see (see the pic above)
- click Done
If you haven’t set up a proper set of contact groups yet, the most convenient way to do this is Google Contacts. It takes a while, but your friends and relations will love you even more.
What’s still missing in Buzz is a way for recepients to do the same. As is the sender is in control and if he likes to share a lot or consumes a non-healthy amount of your bandwidth your only option is to stop following him at all.
But if you could define which sources to see and which to hide on a per-user basis, Buzz suddenly would become less noisy and an interesting dashboard for many of your information needs. This also would solve the ubiquitous problem of redundancy. I’m following many of my friends on Buzz on Twitter already, and I’m subscribed to their blogs and shared items in Google Reader. I suspect you do the same. I neither need nor want to see these items in Buzz again. It would be awesome to hide a noisy or redundant Twitter- oder shared items stream while still being able to see the rest. Think FriendFeed’s ‘hide other items like this one’, but more transparent and better.