You love it or hate it. You want to know all about it. You are an early adopter or want it removed immediately from your gmail. Either way, you are fast learning how it can interfere with your usual email day if you are not prepared. It pops to the top, it updated unreads constantly, it shows bright little chat bubbles. It just won’t go away (see this excellent reason why on SocialCutomer).
So here are a couple ways to disable or ignore the Google Buzz buzz.
The first thing I found was a very small, almost hidden, simpe selection at the bottom of Gmail as shown here:
Scroll down all the way to below where it shows disk space used and the IP address lastly logged into Gmail and you will find this area. It then reloads gmail back to normal with no Buzz to be found. Could that be any simpler?
The second way was posted in Lifehacker to keep Buzz running but out of your inbox. It walks you through, with screenshots, of making the proper filters.
I like their idea since Buzz is still active and updating while you work in mail regularly. This allows you to continue as normal without the constant interruption of popular buzz coming to the stop non-stop.
What worries me about the idea is how Buzz is being archived to your mailfile. What about size? Will Buzz soon have attachments? Inline images? Uploaded videos? The future is unclear.
The third way is to manually go in and unfollow all of the automatic following that occurred and do not add others. Buzz will sit there blank with no updates. Keeping it down to a handful of people will give you the experience without the constant traffic and updating. This will also redece recommendations that show as the system learns your reading, likes and behaviors.
Note: I had not read the whole Lifehacker article to the bottom to see they had included the same thing I mention in #1 about just clicking off. Sorry about that.