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Quick overview: Google Buzz

Yesterday, Google announced their new social networking tool, Buzz.  The tool started going live yesterday but is slowly being rolled out to the masses that are using Gmail.  The service that many are calling a ‘Twitter killer’ operates in a similar fashion to Twitter, but the overall idea is much more robust than what Twitter currently offers. 

The service, which Neowin covered yesterday as it was announced, is clearly in its infancy.  Regardless of how old the platform is, it’s not hard to figure out how it will work and how it can potentially change our conversations. 

The landing page is what you will see after you get thru the initial page of where the service is introduced. (Note: You need to run IE 8 in compatability mode for the page to work correctly) It allows you to link up other services that you do use, including Twitter; although, the service is not currently pulling in the tweets from the account that is currently linked.  You are also able to link your other services like YouTube, Picasa, Flikr, and a few others.  It seems that Google is trying to aggregate a bunch of popular services into one general feed, although Facebook is currently left out, but it’s not completely off the table as announced yesterday in the press conference. 

 

What will separate Buzz from Twitter is the ability to share more information with greater ease.  Google Buzz is not limited in length nor does it appear to have limit on the amount of photos that can be uploaded.  The service acts more like the Facebook news feed in the ability to share information quickly, post photos, and comment on your ‘status’ but Buzz doesn’t have 50,000 Farmville notifications clogging up your feed. 

For those who are concerned about privacy, there are options to allow you to limit who can view your posts.  If you post it as ‘public’ anyone will be able to see it, but selecting ‘private’ from the drop down list gives you the ability to limit who can view your post. This option is quite granular as you can select only one person to share the post with if you so choose.   

Overall, the service feels familiar in its layout but like any social network service, it will depend on if the masses will adopt the new platform.  If they do, it could pose a serious threat to Twitter and Facebook, but will it kill either service completely? Probably not.

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Nice write up! I’ll be interested to see how you like it so far and what you think could be improved. Do you think you’ll do a follow up post? http://linkhub.nl/bfgnx

It's not showing up in my normal Gmail account, but it works for everyone on the MOBILE version of the Buzz site. So any "buzzes" or conversations I started on my phone gets replies sent to my regular Gmail account, but I CAN'T respond since it's not enabled for my Gmail account yet!

I don't see how it is that useful, since it doesn't hook in with my friends/followers I already have on fb/twitter. I hardly ever directly email or google chat my friends, which this relies on to populate your lists.

Redestium said,
I hardly ever google chat my friends, which this relies on to populate your lists.

Yea, it's dead to me because of that. Some people with loads of gmail email friends will get use out of it but probably few and far between. They just can't compete and I think they probably believe that themselves, just another info pipe straight to Google to target ads. It might be small but it's something Google can get their hands on directly and quickly.

Edited by oceanmotion, Feb 10 2010, 4:37pm :

/me is still waiting for Buzz :(

However, I played with it on my wife's Droid and it's really cool being able to see what people nearby are saying. Makes it much cooler and more useful than Twitter. Nice job Google. I love having everything I need in once, centralized place. The more products Google puts out, the happier I am :)

OOh, another Buzz walk-through.

Guys. It's not rocket science. If you require a walk-through on something this basic please put your PC/Mac/iPhone/Android back in its box and go live in a cave.

Really, it doesn't require a walk-through.

Oh, and I like it if that helps! :)

I can't believe Google is just getting this. Yahoo, AOL, and Windows Live been had it. How can you introduce a social networking program and not include Facebook? I can also see how Google is just promoting their own social stuff. Hopefully this will get better.

I know, the Windows Live Web Activities makes Buzz look like a joke and it's from Microsoft! They have loads of services which you can add including Facebook.

OceanMotion said,
I know, the Windows Live Web Activities makes Buzz look like a joke and it's from Microsoft! They have loads of services which you can add including Facebook.

Right Ocean! But Windows Live has been having major problems posting updates that you do on your Facebook account for your Windows Live profile updates. I have been trying for months to get mine to work, and it doesn't. For a while, Youtube was down and they just got the updates working for it a couple of weeks ago.

It hasn't appeared on my Google Mail account yet so I haven't messed about with it; sounds interesting but I doubt I will get much use of it as presumably to participate you need your contacts to have and use Google Mail accounts which in the UK are far and few between (hardly surprising really, USERNAME@googlemail.com isn't too attractive) - I think in my immediate contact list there are only four Google Mail users (one of which is my wife!) out of around a hundred and fifty contacts so this feature maybe cool but it's also unfortunately useless unless its opened up.

Simple hack to get it. Change your user agent in FF to Iphone 3.0 through extenstion. Goto https://m.google.com/app/buzz and voila, you have buzz in your browser. After that if you change your user agent back to default and goto GMail you will get buzz :)

Remote Sojourner said,
Simple hack to get it. Change your user agent in FF to Iphone 3.0 through extenstion. Goto https://m.google.com/app/buzz and voila, you have buzz in your browser. After that if you change your user agent back to default and goto GMail you will get buzz :)

Good find for those who are not wanting to wait!

Remote Sojourner said,
Simple hack to get it. Change your user agent in FF to Iphone 3.0 through extenstion. Goto https://m.google.com/app/buzz and voila, you have buzz in your browser. After that if you change your user agent back to default and goto GMail you will get buzz :)

Apparently you'll get access by visiting https://mail.google.com/mail/?uip=1#buzz

Unfortunately I cannot test as I already have access to it.

Tom Bonez said,

Apparently you'll get access by visiting https://mail.google.com/mail/?uip=1#buzz

Unfortunately I cannot test as I already have access to it.

No such luck here.

Tom Bonez said,

Apparently you'll get access by visiting https://mail.google.com/mail/?uip=1#buzz

Unfortunately I cannot test as I already have access to it.


Didn't work for me.

Tom Bonez said,

Apparently you'll get access by visiting https://mail.google.com/mail/?uip=1#buzz

Unfortunately I cannot test as I already have access to it.

Sweet, thanks for the linkage Tom. :)

add me! I'll be playing around with the service today

bdsams AT gmail DOT com

make sure to shoot me a message (on buzz) lets have some fun with this

dont post your emaill addy in full as it may get picked up by spam bots!

bdsams said,
add me! I'll be playing around with the service today

bdsams AT gmail DOT com

make sure to shoot me a message (on buzz) lets have some fun with this

dont post your emaill addy in full as it may get picked up by spam bots!

How do I "add" your email address to follow without adding it to my contacts?

AWBrian said,

How do I "add" your email address to follow without adding it to my contacts?

Im not sure, a few others and I have been playing with it to figure this out as well!

bdsams said,
add me! I'll be playing around with the service today

bdsams AT gmail DOT com

make sure to shoot me a message (on buzz) lets have some fun with this

dont post your emaill addy in full as it may get picked up by spam bots!

I added you! everyone else add me: decaytion [AT] gmail [DOT] com ! It's nice that it shows up on your Google Profiles too: http://www.google.com/profiles/Decaytion#buzz