I’m cross-posting these links here. This past week on SCOTXblog, I wrote a series of posts about the privacy implications of using Google Buzz.
The first post was aimed at lawyers, bloggers, journalists, and others who have a special concern about people being able to communicate with them in confidence. Buzz’s pre-populated and pre-published follower lists threatened to expose those confidences. I have been overwhelmed (as was my server, a time or two) by the response.
As the story developed over the next few days, I posted tips about how to disable Google Buzz (before Google put their own disable button into Gmail) and a personal response to Google’s much-touted apology.
Google is a $170 billion company. It employs thousands of engineers and developers. It tests, tests, tests, and tests more. In fact, its “designers” once unable to pick a shade of blue tested 41 variations of it. It’s ludicrous to think that the Buzz fiasco was simply a result of under-testing.
Until Google recognizes — and truly respects — some distinction between our data and theirs, the Buzz fiasco will not be the last.
Why am I cross-posting my own law blog posts here?
I started blogging on a purely legal blog, with a focus on the Supreme Court of Texas (SCOTXblog). That’s deeply related to my work as an appellate lawyer, and the blog has been a success.
I have sometimes posted about internet law, legal technology, or technology in general (filtered through a legal perspective). I enjoy those topics and want to participate in those conversations, but they rarely have fit the mold of SCOTXblog.
This week, I really wished I had a separate platform not so entangled with my day job (handling Texas appellate cases). On the other hand, I appreciate that my Buzz-related posts were distributed so quickly because my law blog already has an established and loyal readership.
So it goes. Cross-posting is my latest experiment in how to talk about technology without disrupting my other blog’s more traditional legal readers.