Google Goes Social With Buzz. GooBook? Gwitter?

by Klaus on February 10, 2010

in Buzz, Tech News

Google Buzz is fresh out of Mountain View, California, where Google announced this new service just yesterday. Google Buzz combines Gmail with status updates and the ability to share links, pictures and videos with your friends.

Buzz is available within Gmail (not for all users, yet), where you can see a feed of what your contacts are doing on the Internet. The new function makes you automatic follow users you often communicate with (e-mail and chat), they call it “Auto-Following”.

Integration is also possible with services like Twitter and Flickr from which you can subscribe to updates. YouTube and Picasa is also integrated in Buzz.

The new version of Google Maps for Android, Symbian and Windows Mobile will show Buzz comments as speech bubbles floating over the location they were submitted.

Google Buzz is also available for mobiles:

Keep an eye on Ching Ya’s Social @ Blogging Tracker blog where I’m sure she will do a piece on Google Buzz in the near future.

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Extreme John February 10, 2010 at 17:37

I recently picked up the Motorola Droid from Verizon and having this new Buzz featured already integrated with my phone sounds like it will be pretty sweet. I’ll be checking it out later today for sure.
.-= Extreme John´s last blog ..A Day in the Life of.. Episode 1 [video] =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio February 11, 2010 at 18:21

I tried searching for “extremejohn” but nothing shows up – you haven’t created something yet or are you keeping Buzz just for private use? 🙂
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..What Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Think Of Each Other =-.

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Michael Aulia @CravingTech February 11, 2010 at 02:55

I’m playing aroud with it now 🙂 Only has 8 followers so far but I don’t think it can take away Twitter + Facebook
.-= Michael Aulia @CravingTech´s last blog ..Microsoft LifeCam Cinema Review =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio February 11, 2010 at 18:21

How can I follow you (Buzz you? lol) on Buzz? Is it possible? Let me know your “Buzz name” or whatever is necessary 🙂

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chandan February 11, 2010 at 05:48

This is really one good discovery by google, by which we can communicate with our gmail friends. I have got information about google buzz yesterday.
.-= chandan´s last blog ..The Super Bowl 2010 =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio February 11, 2010 at 18:22

I wonder if it requires a gmail account to even use Buzz? Hmm, could be.

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chandan February 12, 2010 at 05:26

I do have much idea about this google buzz, but this first show on my gmail account.
.-= chandan´s last blog ..The Super Bowl 2010 =-.

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Anne Moss February 11, 2010 at 09:49

I think they’re going where they tried going with Wave and failed. I also think this time it’s actually going to catch (blogged about why).
.-= Anne Moss´s last blog ..Eight Reasons Why You Need to Start Buzzing =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio February 11, 2010 at 18:23

I’m not sure Buzz and Wave can be compared. I think Wave is more to “collaborate” on stuff and Buzz is more like Twitter and Facebook. But I don’t know (yet). Will check out your blog post.
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..What Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Think Of Each Other =-.

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Anne Moss February 11, 2010 at 21:46

When Wave was first introduced, it was presented as this “be all and end all” platform – not just for group collaboration project. It was supposed to work with twitter, blogs, you name it.
.-= Anne Moss´s last blog ..Eight Reasons Why You Need to Start Buzzing =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio February 12, 2010 at 18:31

You’re right Anne, my bad. I’ve forgotten most about Wave by now. It never really caught my attention and I haven’t used it for a few months now.
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..Friday Flick Find: Classic Video – Angry Man Hits Computer =-.

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izzat aziz February 11, 2010 at 10:15

i have it but not using it.. but i thinking what happen to wave?
.-= izzat aziz´s last blog ..Blog redesign, and more =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio February 11, 2010 at 18:23

Wave and Buzz is not the same so I don’t think Buzz will mean anything bad to Wave. But where Google is going with this, time will show…
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..What Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Think Of Each Other =-.

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Mark February 11, 2010 at 17:41

I’m a bit confused as to what the service actually is or does. Is it a mix of facebook and twitter? And if so, why should we bother using it when we have facebook and twitter?

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Klaus @ TechPatio February 11, 2010 at 18:24

I’m a bit confused too but mostly because I still haven’t found anybody to follow so I can check it out myself. Right now, I think of it being something like Twitter but with the ability to share more stuff (like Facebook) – and without all the annoying Facebook apps.
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..What Steve Jobs and Bill Gates Think Of Each Other =-.

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Ruben@AutoShipping February 12, 2010 at 10:26

This is just another attempt at social networking by google. First Google Profiles now this. They should take yahoo’s example at failure and not even try it.

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Klaus @ TechPatio February 12, 2010 at 18:31

I’m curious, what social networking did Yahoo have a go at and failed?
.-= Klaus @ TechPatio´s last blog ..Friday Flick Find: Classic Video – Angry Man Hits Computer =-.

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Ruben@AutoShipping February 13, 2010 at 13:08

Well yahoo profiles don’t make a huge impact in my opinion. Not to promote or anything but heres a link to my profile
http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PPTVFH6XX4EX3BEZOEKW4W3ODU

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Ruben@AutoShipping February 13, 2010 at 09:42

horrible idea , I am against using this just because it slows down my gmail.

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Michael @ Edinburgh Rental Car February 17, 2010 at 18:37

I’m hoping that this doesn’t start to appear all over my gmail account.

If I want to be part of a social network, I’ll do it on Facebook or something else, not when I’m checking my email – most of which is business, nothing social about it.

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