Google announces Google Buzz

Today in a live press event, Google announced Google Buzz. They're calling it "a new way to share." It is launching today and will continue rolling out over the next few days. Google notes that this is not a finished product. They are continuoulsy pushing it to integrate with more and more services. Buzz will also launch as an enterprise product and "will change the way businesses communicate."

Here are the 5 key features of Buzz:

  1. Auto-following -  you automatically follow people you contact frequently
  2. Rich, fast sharing experience - you can share photos that are available via other media sites (such as Flickr)
  3. Public and private sharing - you can post things for the whol world to see, or just to specific groups of people
  4. Inbox integration - instead of having email notifications, special Buzz items come into your Inbox and show updates in real-time (using @ replies)
  5. Just the good stuff - Buzz learns from things that you like and hides the things that you don't

3 new mobile product experiences launching today:

  1. Use Buzz from Google.com - post a Buzz from a geotagged location
  2. Buzz application (iPhone or Android) - See what people around you are saying
  3. Update to Google Mobile Maps - Buzz layer added, allowing you to see nearby Buzzes and lets you post a Buzz along with a picture of where you are.

The audience asked questions regarding privacy and functionality. Google stressed the importance of privacy as being a key reason in adding in the ability to decide who can see what. This also holds true of your Buzz profile. You will be able to select what you want showing on there as well. Future Google Wave integration was hinted to as well. Things such as real-time Buzz updates were derived from Wave technology.

As of now, there will not be any Facebook integration. Tweets can be pulled into Buzz, but not the other way around. However, this could become possible in the future. It was also noted that Buzzes, like Tweets, will show up in real-time on Google search (assuming the Buzz is public) and will not be given any sort of pagerank preference.

Support for Google Buzz in Maps and via Google's website is coming to BlackBerry soon. Windows Mobile and the Nokia S60 already have access via Google Maps, and will also be getting access via Google's site soon.

To learn more about Buzz, visit the Official Google Buzz website.

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Got it. Looks interesting. Still got no friends on it.. so that's a disappointment. But so far it doesn't look very interesting.

I'm liking this (haven't actually got it yet though) seems they're working with what exists instead of starting ANOTHER new project. will be interesting to play with.

Don't know if it's just me, but it doesn't appear to be importing my Tweets (yes i've added Twitter as a 'connection'). Strangely, my Facebook page isn't updated via Twitter either currently. Perhaps Twitter has a few whales at the mo?

Stab before they were stabbed. So they managed to create an application that has its own email and can be a social network.. Ouch, facebook, someone did it first (But you made public the idea first)

who really uses this stuff! Google brings out lots of things, what happen to goggle wave, i don't know anyone that use's it! if you really want people to use it, then why don't you target normal, people not a bunch of geeks. imho im getting over goggle, i love there search engine, but anything is just annoying.

I like it for the video (YouTube) and picture (Flickr) sharing, but aside from that, I still prefer email (Gmail), at least for the time being.

Woa, that's so cool they took a screen shot of Chrome on the Mac. Why is that necessary? I don't care what OS/Browser you are using, just show me what's important.

Mainer82 said,
Woa, that's so cool they took a screen shot of Chrome on the Mac. Why is that necessary? I don't care what OS/Browser you are using, just show me what's important.
Never understood this either, but marketing people like to push their subtle opinions on people all the time.

hotdog963al said,
How does this sit with Google Wave?
According to the QnA, they said that the real-time thing was derived from Wave and that future Wave integration is a strong possibility. They didn't say much more than that.

hotdog963al said,
How does this sit with Google Wave?

I heard someone questioning whether it was a way of gradually weaving people into Google Wave...

Also, funny how the new facebook design came in place for me yesterday afternoon

For anyone who wants to turn this off, you should be able to do so directly through Gmail's settings per http://www.google.com/buzz/help/intl/en/privacy.html.

"We're still rolling out Buzz to everyone, so if you don't see it in your Gmail account yet, check back soon."
http://buzz.google.com/

A - Google doesn't pay attention to competitors

Not a very good business practice....I'm sure their other divisions do pay attention to the competition

Rudy said,

Not a very good business practice....I'm sure their other divisions do pay attention to the competition

You really beleive they dont watch the marketplace....the simple fact that they had a superbowl advert means they are watching Bing

Certainly not a great response. Seems instead of being honest, they're just trying to dodge the question. Question, Google: WHY THE **** WOULD YOU PUT A QUESTION YOU DON'T WANT TO ANSWER IN YOUR OWN FAQ?!

bdsams said,

You really beleive they dont watch the marketplace....the simple fact that they had a superbowl advert means they are watching Bing

No I don't believe it, and that's what I was trying to point out (it's obviously BS)

Rudy said,
No I don't believe it, and that's what I was trying to point out (it's obviously BS)

I'm pretty sure that was said tongue-in-cheek.

Eddie ELZ said,
A new way for google to steal your information...... no thanks...

I thought Google already had everyone's information.

Eddie ELZ said,
A new way for google to steal your information...... no thanks...

May as well get rid of your internet then.

What do you think Google are going to do with your minor personal info?

hotdog963al said,
Got something to hide?
Yeah, many care for which hands private information is spread to, especially as Google may suffer from a successful attack in the future. There's certain information I would never store on a Google service.

Edited by Northgrove, Feb 9 2010, 8:04pm :

hotdog963al said,
Got something to hide?

Everyone does, but that's not the point.

Maybe I should be able to look at your history whenever I want, your social number is up for grabs, how much you spend on porn, or even how much money you make, just because you don't care.

If I know how much you make, and know where you live, and when you last purchased something online, maybe I should make a visit to your house, and maybe make you care a little bit about privacy. ;)

Edited by SierraSonic, Feb 9 2010, 8:54pm :

Whether or not you "have something to hide", everyone is still entitled to their privacy.
"Do no evil" has a hard time with that concept. They prioritize ad sales above all else.

SierraSonic said,

Everyone does, but that's not the point.

Maybe I should be able to look at your history whenever I want, your social number is up for grabs, how much you spend on porn, or even how much money you make, just because you don't care.

If I know how much you make, and know where you live, and when you last purchased something online, maybe I should make a visit to your house, and maybe make you care a little bit about privacy. ;)

Finally a well written post. Thanks!

SierraSonic said,

Everyone does, but that's not the point.

Maybe I should be able to look at your history whenever I want, your social number is up for grabs, how much you spend on porn, or even how much money you make, just because you don't care.

If I know how much you make, and know where you live, and when you last purchased something online, maybe I should make a visit to your house, and maybe make you care a little bit about privacy. ;)

+1

SierraSonic said,

Everyone does, but that's not the point.

Maybe I should be able to look at your history whenever I want, your social number is up for grabs, how much you spend on porn, or even how much money you make, just because you don't care.

If I know how much you make, and know where you live, and when you last purchased something online, maybe I should make a visit to your house, and maybe make you care a little bit about privacy. ;)

As much as i agree... this stuff can all be gathered any way.

bdsams said,
no blackberry support mentioned yet.... .ARG

Ohh...i hope thats right, i cant give up my crackberry...ever (or atleast until my two year is up but that will mark a total of 4 years on a BB)

bdsams said,

Ohh...i hope thats right, i cant give up my crackberry...ever (or atleast until my two year is up but that will mark a total of 4 years on a BB)

That's 4 years too long IMHO :)

Edited by Benjamin Rubenstein, Feb 9 2010, 8:58pm :

Grayski said,
Mmmm more Google goodness!

+1!!! Although, it hasn't been setup on either of my GMail account or my Google Apps account yet. HURRY UP GOOGLE! =)

thealexweb said,
Mmm the name reminds me of Yahoo Buzz.

the name reminds me to cyanide and happiness "get more party for the buzz"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw2b8ENc_Ak

thealexweb said,
Mmm the name reminds me of Yahoo Buzz.

yeah!!! right but why is the buzz link not showing up in my gmail account?