Google Buzz

Google are rolling out to their Gmail users their new social networking tool, Google Buzz. The catch phrase for this new product:

Go beyond status messages

Share updates, photos, videos, and more.
Start conversations about the things you find interesting.

Share updates, photos, videos and more. It is built into the Gmail client and will automatically follow any of the people you email and chat to from your contacts.

You have the option to share your “Buzz”, publicly or to a private group of friends your choose. You can post images from links, play videos in line and also lets you view photos in a Picasa like viewer.

There is integration for other site you use such as Picasa, Flickr, Google Reader and Twitter.

When you comment on posts they appear in your inbox and respond from to this email to continue the “Buzz”. It also allows you to send comments directly to someone using “@ replies”. for example

Google Buzz is also available on your mobile device.

Is this going to compete with Twitter, may be. I know hardcore Google fans will use this product, but I think that it is going to take a lot more to get Twitter users to move over. Let’s not forget Brizzly, which lets you view links and videos from your Twitter account inline. It’s a great product.

The winning formula for Buzz may be the Twitter integration, allowing you to bring everything into one place. This is very important, but does the average user take the time to set this up? We shall see.

I am calling Buzz, “Google Wave Lite”.

One of my friends said, it has the advantage over wave as it is integrated into your Gmail. I agree with this to a certain degree, but I do like the fact that Wave is a separate application.

Check out the Google video for more information on Buzz:


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