How to fully disable Google Buzz

Ever since Google force-fed Buzz upon its millions and millions of Gmail users, screams of privacy issues have ensued. Up until now, you were able to "disable" Buzz from a link at the bottom of your Gmail page. Unfortunately, disabling it this way just hid it from you. If you had a public profile, your status changes would still be buzzed, and people could still find you.

Google, once again, has heeded the will of the masses. Today, they released a simple and complete way of disabling their latest social networking endeavor. Under your Gmail settings, there is now a tab called Buzz. The "turn off buzz" link at the bottom of Gmail will also bring you to this tab. The new tab allows you to control various things, as well as disable Buzz altogether, profile and all. If you want, you can also choose to just hide Buzz from your Gmail, leaving it to still work through your mobile device.

Google did not expect so many privacy issues at launch and is scrambling to keep up with the number of issues pouring in. Never-the-less, groups, such as the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) who filed a complaint on Tuesday with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, are still not satisfied with Google's efforts to protect user's privacy.

UPDATE: It seems that the Buzz tab is not yet available to all users. If you don't already have it, fear not; it should show up in your account soon.

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People screaming? are we paranoid again? First I've heard about screaming. Everyone I've bumped into likes it better than Facebook, I find it just annoying because it sends updates on my mail account. Other than that looked like a cool idea. Can't imagine disabling it, I'm open for discussions. But I prefer Facebook.

I'm worried that if I turn off buzz that I won't be able to turn it back on. I see it on my list here that says "turn off buzz" should I just enjoy what google has to offer?

Tbh i've actually started to like Buzz, it may have blundered with the whole privacy thing, but in itself its actually pretty neat when you start using it.

Mark Thomas said,
Why would you want to? I think it's the in thing to moan about any new system/page/redesign.

The base issue is that users should be asked (opt-in) for services, not forced (opt-out) as Google did on this issue.

I agree with your statement that there is always users complaining about options/redesigns/etc, but this is the one situation that I say there is something to complain about.

Mark Thomas said,
Why would you want to? I think it's the in thing to moan about any new system/page/redesign.

Grip. Get one.

Because most Neowin users complain... a lot. This is the new /.

The whole thing with Google Buzz is it is tucked away in a link on the side bar. You don't have to use it if you don't want to. I don't use the Presentation functionality in Google Docs... "waa waaa how do I disable it?"

Edited by Shadrack, Feb 17 2010, 10:21pm :

Wait a minute... it's saying it'll also delete my Google profile. Does that mean every info I stored there on my profile will be vanished in a jiffy?

debsuvra said,
Wait a minute... it's saying it'll also delete my Google profile. Does that mean every info I stored there on my profile will be vanished in a jiffy?

Yes, this will delete your Google profile. You can choose to continue using your Google profile without using Google Buzz.

Kristan K said,

Yes, this will delete your Google profile. You can choose to continue using your Google profile without using Google Buzz.

but buzz is either enabled , or our profile is deleted....

This tab is not available for all users yet - however, you can access the "Disable Buzz completely" link by going to http://www.google.com/profiles/me/editprofile?hl=en&edit=a and clicking on "Delete profile and disable Google Buzz completely".

Kristan K said,
This tab is not available for all users yet - however, you can access the "Disable Buzz completely" link by going to http://www.google.com/profiles/me/editprofile?hl=en&edit=a and clicking on "Delete profile and disable Google Buzz completely".

That will delete your google profile however :(

No tab, but a link to "turn off buzz" at the bottom... and I had to click a button to even enable buzz, so how was it force fed?

owensd said,
No tab, but a link to "turn off buzz" at the bottom... and I had to click a button to even enable buzz, so how was it force fed?

That first button you had to click wasn't to enable or disable, it was simply to show you Buzz right then. It was enabled no matter what. Obviously you don't get full use of it until you create a profile, but regardless it was at least partially enabled without having to choose it to be.

Edited by gigapixels, Feb 17 2010, 11:58pm :

Too late for google. Once they breached my trust I deleted my profile and I won't be going back to create it again.

It should never have got to the state it did. Google trying to build "instant" share in the social marketplace, have instead alienated their previously loyal following.

As every marketer/seller knows, once you lose a customer, it costs you a LOT more to get them back, than it would to have kept them happy in the first place.