Buzzing with Google

Mikey 5 comments
Buzzing with Google

Apparently there is a need for yet another social media platform, and this time it's Google doing the pimping in an attempt to increase the signal within the noise.

Googles offering simply called is rather ambitious in that it seems to integrate features from some of the biggest players in the market right now, including but not limited to Twitter and Flickr. Feature-wise here is the official pitch:

No setup needed
Automatically follow the people you email and chat with the most in Gmail.

Share publicly or privately
Publish your ideas to the world or just to your closest friends.

Inbox integration
Comments get sent right to your inbox so it's easy to keep the conversation going.

Photo friendly
See thumbnails with each post, and browse full-screen photos from popular sites.

Connect sites you already use
Import your stuff from Twitter, Picasa, Flickr, and Google Reader.

See updates in real time
New posts and comments pop in as they happen. No refresh required.

Just the good stuff
Buzz recommends interesting posts and weeds out ones you're likely to skip.

It sounds good on paper, but they failed to win me over with Wave and miserably failed with their previous social networking platform ironically named 'Lively'.

Buzz is slowly being rolled out to those with a gmail account (isn't that everyone?), so you should eventually have access soon depending on your geographic location. Right now here in Perth Western Australia I'm not seeing it.

But as it is a Google offering I am somewhat obligated by nerds honour to check it out before passing judgement. On the surface though, it looks pretty good.



Wednesday 10th February 2010 | 10:57 AM
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since facebook i have logged into myspace.....well never!!!

i doubt i will will be changing to yet another s.n. site, it just isn't necessary even with fb being as utterly crap as it is. (new fb is glitchy beyond comprehension)

but, wherever there is a bandwagon, people will get on it... just look at apple products!!! need i say more???


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Greg Molyneux

Wednesday 10th February 2010 | 12:34 PM

I've got to be honest, I'm quite skeptical. Buzz will have to have some real wow factor backed up by some real usability to justify having yet another social tool. At what point does this become saturated (if we're not there already)?



Wednesday 10th February 2010 | 02:22 PM
235 total kudos response to this comment by Greg Molyneux. Totally. It might be a great product but really who wants to migrate to another? Facebook was successful because it filled a void that MySpace couldn't - that means it was usable and pretty, as opposed to cumbersome and ugly.

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Friday 12th February 2010 | 09:37 AM
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G'day Mike.

My gmail has been "buzzed" - your's may have now, too.

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Sunday 14th February 2010 | 12:22 AM
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I set Buzz up only to realize, I don't use my gmail account for social interaction. I use my facebook for all of that. I don't even know most of my friends emails; let alone if they use gmail.

I like the idea, but sorry google. Swing and a miss.

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