August 1, 2014

AndroidGals: Google Buzz from My Perspective

While geo-location applications have become increasingly popular, there are those that still feel uncomfortable broadcasting their every movement to everyone around them.  Sometimes, you just don’t want everyone to know exactly where you are.

The new Google Buzz widget allows you to Buzz with the option of generalizing or hiding your location as well as making your Buzz private all from the Buzz screen. In fact, the screen you access from the widget has all the same options as the Buzz screen on the mobile web site giving you all the functionality with one touch convenience.
When I wanted to buzz from home but didn’t want to broadcast where my apartment was to the world I had the following options:
  1. Use the city as the location (this was automatically designated as my location when I opened the screen)
  2. Select my apartment complex (no thank you)
  3. Select a nearby location (seemed silly)
  4. Hide my location altogether.
  5. Make my Buzz private so that only my friends can see.
I opted to make my Buzz private, disappointing all the fine people of Albany who were dying to hear my critique of an American Idol performance. But I am happy to know that I could potentially alert people to bad roads (I’ve actually used Buzz to check on road conditions and it was very effective) or petition people in the area to look out for my neighbors lost Yorkshire terrier without giving away my home location to everyone.