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How social is too social?

Hello fair readers!

For the most part, I freaking love social networking.

srsly

I have all sorts of accounts but mostly I like haunting Facebook, Twitter and LastFM. With these I generally can get my professional and social fixes and feel pretty well connected and pleased.

But for some reason the arrival of Google Buzz has just tipped me over the edge. Partly because of the privacy issue and partly because we all had such little say about when and how these profiles were created for us. I feel like the beauty of social networking is because we have so much control over who can see us, how they see us and what we share. We are in charge of creating these accounts. They are not made for us. With Google Buzz comes a new era of corporately dictated sharing.

Then again, maybe I’m over reacting.

But still, I would like some spaces online that at least have the appearance of being “private”. There are just certain things that I don’t want to share and I don’t want displayed. There are certain things that are just for me.

So while I may sound like a curmudgeon, no thank you Google. I do not want to use Google Buzz. If I want to aggregate all of my online social dealings, I’ll go with something like Digsby that doesn’t force me to share it all with the world. If you feel the same way, here are two great posts on removing yourself as much as humanly possible from Google Buzz (since you can’t completely remove yourself…which is lame)

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-10451703-2.html

http://bit.ly/cZ0muC

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day fair readers.