There is one really big problem with Google Buzz and it’s not all the privacy kerkuffle or that it is in integrated into Google Mail. And it’s something that is really good in Facebook and even better on Friendfeed: Output filters.
Buzz lets its user filter who gets to see which kind of content – for example I could set my Flickr photos for friends and family only or only annoy a certain part of my followers with my old Twitter updates. But it does not work the other way around. I can’t set which input channel from which user I want to see.
And the filter on the reading site is actually way more important than the filter on the writing side. I (and I guess many other people might think the same) would just like to plug almost every feed that I in some way or another produce into Google Buzz. As far as I am concerned, it’s a good place as any to aggregate my crap as any.1 But yes, I can see where this can get very annoying very fast to those people who are already getting this here in their feed reader, follow me on twitter, read my shared items or see my stuff on tumblr.com. So that’s why I think that content readers that distinctively allow their users to import stuff need to have a way to filter pretty precisely. I might want to see the shared items of some people in my Buzz stream and not those of some others. I might want to hide certain weblogs – up until the moment there are comments on Buzz.
Basically I want Buzz to be a Friendfeed in my Gmail. Can we have that? Pretty please?
These are my links for January 6th through January 8th:
- Website Performance: What To Know and What You Can Do – Smashing Magazine – Website performance is a hugely important topic, so much so that the big companies of the Web are obsessed with it. For the Googles, Yahoos, Amazons and eBays, slow websites mean fewer users and less happy users and thus lost revenue and reputation.
- Felicia Day » Blog Archive » Disappointment – [..] the fact that they were interested in doing a piece about Twitter and New Media gave me hope that a magazine firmly in the “establishment” was interested in exploring the subject in a new light. And then during breakfast I saw some weird Twitter comments go by…and then I read the article…and oh, gosh. Really?!
I can’t tell you how many hours I had to resist rage Tweeting about this subject. The use of inane Twitter lingo like “Twilebrity”, “Tweeple” and “Twitformation Superhighway” (Oh God please stop) just signaled that the writer obviously wasn’t well-researched about the service, or the internet in general, really.
- Learning to Smoke – It's not permitted. It pisses people off. It makes you puke. It confuses you, and it brings clarity. It makes you an outcast, and it helps you meet wonderful strangers. Lessons from a man who did the unthinkable.
- How to say stupid things about social media – Criticising social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook is as pointless as knocking people who discuss the weather
- A Few Thoughts on the Nexus One – O’Reilly Radar – There will be many posts focusing on the look, feel, and features of the Nexus One, so I'm going to focus on what Android's latest incarnation says about the competitive landscape – what I've elsewhere called the war for the web.
These are my links for December 2nd through December 4th:
These are my links for November 20th through November 21st:
- Extra Credit: The Twilight Saga and domestic abuse « Yes, I Read It. It’s Still Stupid. –
- VW Builds the World’s Coolest SUV | Autopia | Wired.com –
- Starcraft II Story Mode on video; it looks fantastic –
- Internet Vices – Patrick Moberg –
- Aardvark – I am in love with this girl. the only problem is, she is a panda bear and she lives in china. what should I do?
These are my links for November 16th through November 18th:
- "Streams of Content, Limited Attention: The Flow of Information through Social Media" –
- Academia vs Business –
- The Web in Danger – Anil Dash – This, for me, is a social issue, a cultural issue, and a political issue, not just a technological issue.
- Social Technology: Making Big Business Small « Social Glue –
- Existenzgründung: So schreibt man einen Businessplan | Karriere | ZEIT ONLINE –
- The War For the Web – O’Reilly Radar –
These are my links for October 27th from 10:15 to 14:39:
These are my links for October 22nd through October 27th:
- Wibiya | Homepage –
- Search the Collections – Victoria and Albert Museum –
- A look at how the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) is changing the world –
- The Atlantic Online | November 2009 | How I Survived China | James Fallows –
- The US can’t manufacture the Kindle. Is that a problem? –
These are my links for October 6th through October 7th:
- Facebook makes it official: We hate Mondays | Royal Pingdom –
- High Scalability – High Scalability – 10 Ways to Take your Site from One to One Million Users by Kevin Rose –
- Lufthansa MySkyStatus™ –
- Yahoo Meme now with an own API – powered by YQL (Yahoo! Developer Network Blog) –
- Heavy Metal & Gender: "Schreiende Frauen stoßen auf Widerstand" –