It really makes me sad how you are handling this situation.
Can't you see how many people are unhappy with this feature?
Can't you count how many violations of privacy has this
"feature" (it's not a bug!) caused?
People with energy to complain here are only a fraction of unhappy
I haven't heard an "I'm sorry we made a mistake, we will stop sharing
your sensitive information now".
The most you've done is a tool to make it easier for the user to solve
the leak, but what about users that aren't aware of this? What if
someone is on vacation and comes back after new year to discover that
you made public information that no one unauthorized could reach
before? (That's why you provided an unguessable url, and that's what
still the documentation implies).
This problem is solvable. I'm just counting how many days it will take
for someone to acknowledge a mistake has been done.
But what makes me sad is that it happened. I've never seen a similar
situation before with Google. Something broke the moment I realized
that there are no filters to stop situations like this happening
again. I think those filters worked all this years, but I'll have to
asume nothing good can last forever.
Please acknowledge your users. Please listen to them. I know you have
other corporates objetives ("we have to be social! Facebook is ahead
of us and we didn't buy it!"), but please put your users first. That's
what Google did 10 years ago and put them ahead of now forgotten
giants. They didn't want to listen. Will you?
On Dec 19, 8:37 pm, Google Reader Guide wrote:
> Another note about identifying contacts:
> A name that appears in your Reader friends list is the nickname from
> your friend's profile. (This profile can currently be edited from
> Reader, Maps, and Shared Stuff). However, this nickname is independent
> of the name used in that person's Gmail or Google Talk account. That
> could be the cause of some of the "who is this person?" confusion. So
> if you see an unfamiliar name here, it's most likely someone you know
> who simply decided to fill in a random name for their profile. We're
> looking into ways to make it easier to tell who's who here.
> Additionally, please note that blocking a person in Google Talk
> doesn't remove them from your Reader friends list. They'll need to be
> actually deleted for this to happen.