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Google rep suggests Buzz backlash was unexpected

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(Read caption) Google Buzz hasn't exactly been a blockbuster hit, and Google seems to know it.

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When you're used to doing just about everything right, it's tough to admit that you've done something wrong not quite as well as you usually do. Such is the fate of Google, the reigning king of Internet applications. Last week, the company took the wraps off Google Buzz, a rapid-fire social media platform not unlike Twitter and Facebook. Users should have gone nuts. Instead, they got annoyed.

First, there was a problem with privacy. Some bloggers, for instance, argued that the "Autofollow" setting on Google Buzz was a big ole' violation of privacy. Others worry that the GPS functionalities on Google Buzz mobile, which add a new "layer" to Google Maps, would make it too easy for users to be found when they don't want to be found. (Sometimes we want to eat pizza in peace, OK?)


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