How to turn off or stop Google Buzz

Firstly, before I answer the question in the title (as asked by a friend of mine scared of google), I think I am going to love buzz.  It needs a few UI tweaks that allow you to follow people with loads of comments such as (I recommend) Robert Scoble, Jason Calacanis and Pete Cashmore, without them clogging up your screen but overall, it could be a twitter killer.  I am not sure on the effect on Facebook as many many people using Facebook won’t have gmail, for example, the average non-geek user of Facebook in the UK will typically use their service providers email with outlook, they wouldn’t use gmail therefore would never hear about Buzz.

Buzz at the moment is restricted to three choices, use it, don’t use it and turn it off.

Before screaming and shouting, this is not a problem for your privacy, Buzz will only share what you tell it as a status update or what picture, video or links you drop in.  It does not share anything automatically (unless you tell it to, such as twitter, blog feeds etc).

So to turn it off totally, as I just had to find out for a friend, is to simply scroll to the bottom of your inbox and click on “turn off buzz”.  BTW, this is the official google line, so until they create a “delete buzz” button this is your only choice. Period.


Really interesting take on birthday parties for kids.

I recently had the good opportunity to talk to Deirdre Bounds about a new start-up she just launched with Carl Hopkins.

It’s called (PAW) it basically offers a unique ethical way to host a party, cuts down the stress of organizing one, raises money for charity and may teach kids they can actually give something back.  From their site:-

The host of an upcoming birthday party can use PAW™ to ask guests to make a donation to a PAW™ charity of their child’s choice, rather than bring a present. Since donations are made through PAW™, it is fast, simple and easy to use. You can set up a dedicated party page, invite your guests, track their RSVPs (no more chasing parents) send thank you emails – and the great thing is that everyone can keep track of how much they have raised for your child’s party theme.

The site is brand new and on fuelmyblog we are 100 % committed to make as much noise about it as we can.

Deirdre has agree that Paw will pay £5.00 per blog post written towards the Born Free Foundation so by spreading the word about PAW you will also help raise money.

I do wonder how many kids will give up receiving presents from their friends by donating the value of those gifts to charity. My children have far too many toys, when people ask what they want for their birthday, it is almost impossible to answer – so hopefully this will bridge a gap. An idea would be for the children to actually become pen-pals with the people being helped by the charity.

I am not in any way being paid to write this, I simply really want it to work as it is something I believe in.

Twitter Change @’s And Oh The Irony..

So today Twitter have changed the way they handle @replies. From now on (until they undo the latest PR trick) you will not see any @replies tweeted by people you follow if the person they are tweeting to is not on your follow list. Make sense? So if I send @ev a message and you don’t follow @ev, you’ll not see the tweet. That means, no more #followfriday UPDATE: It means followfriday becomes more important as you’ll still as RT’s etc. (Thanks @stef)

Read more on the official Twitter blog.
Of course everyone on Twitter is hashtagging their thoughts with #fixreplies – but take a look below, this is from their jobs page, “If that sounds good to you, let’s talk 500 Internal Server Error” – time to fix it guys.