Calif. – Responding to users’
complaints, Google (NASD: GOOG) has revamped the set-up process for its new Buzz social
service for Gmail, and ditched the "auto-follow" model of automatically
choosing Gmail contacts, to an "auto-suggest" model where Buzz will simply
suggest friends to follow.
"We’ve heard your feedback loud and clear, and
since we launched Google Buzz four days ago, we’ve been working around the
clock to address the concerns you’ve raised," the company wrote in a blog
"Many people just wanted to check out Buzz and see if it would be
useful to them, and were not happy that they were already set up to follow
people… You won’t be set up to follow anyone until you have reviewed the
suggestions and clicked ‘Follow selected people and start using Buzz.’"
The company also said that Buzz will no longer connect a user’s public Picasa
Web Albums and Google Reader shared items automatically.
(DMW previous coverage)