After the controversy over privacy issues, Google took immediate action and made following/followers numbers optionally public.
Today, Google announces it’s taking things a step further by changing the auto-follow model in which Buzz automatically sets you up to follow the people you email and chat with most, to an auto-suggest model.
This means you won’t be set up to follow anyone until you have reviewed the suggestions and clicked “Follow selected people and start using Buzz.”
Google also announces other changes.
Firstly, Google won’t automatically connect Buzz to your Picasa and Google Reader accounts. You will need to do this manually from now on.
Secondly, the introduction of a new Buzz tab in Gmail where you’ll already find two settings. One to hide/reveal your following lists. The other to disable Buzz from Gmail.