Introducing Google Buzz! GMail Social Sharing

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Ladies and gentlemen- Google Buzz has now been announced! It looks like Google inadvertently answered my “social hub” prayers today with everything that Buzz has to offer. First thing I noticed: does Buzz sound familiar? That’s right, Y! Buzz already exists. It seems like Google is going to be direct competition to good old Yahoo.

Unfortunately it hasn’t went through to everybody yet so I don’t have any screen shots or usage notes to give you. I can, however, offer you a quick cheat sheet with all the juicy details!

Google Buzz

  • Automatic integration of your email and chat contacts.
  • You can decide whether you want your ideas to be private (secret diary style) or public.
  • Comments will be sent right to your inbox so you can have instant access to them.
  • You can now see thumbnails for photos or just browse full-screen images that are available from popular photo websites.
  • You can import your stuff from Google Reader, Flickr, Picasa and Twitter so you won’t have to personalize everything again.
  • Updates will be in real-time. You won’t have to worry about developing an automatic finger twitch from constant manual refreshing.
  • In true 21st century style, Buzz will adapt to you, funneling in interesting content and denying the content that will be most likely unappealing to you.

If you’re curious  and want to see a quick preview:

Buzz will also be available for your phone and will allow you to tag your posts with your current location. When available to you, you can access it directly by visiting from your mobile device.

Please check back soon for a follow up post about my first hand experience.

…Now, do I get bragging rights to say that I’m psychic? I DID just publish that post about their social hub… 🙂

Selena Narayanasamy
Selena is a "many-hat-wearing" digital strategist, consultant, and President of Orthris. She loves taking ideas from creation to execution, and owns multiple publication websites in... Read Full Bio
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  • Rhea –

    I’m SO not impressed with Google BUZZ or Google Wave for that matter. This launch I have to mention also, had to be a rain on Facebook’s 6th birthday parade don’t you think?

    The biggest problem/issue I have with the BUZZ is that its to similar to all the other social networks out there… Facebook to be exact. It assumes that Gmail is the primary email account for most users (I doubt that), and there’s been issues about privacy with it also.

    I love Google Talk but prefer Skype, I love Google Voice and can’t wait until it becomes open to the public, Google Docs ROCKS, the Calendar is a keeper, the Reader I can’t do without, but I’m just not convinced yet about Google BUZZ.

    Sorry, I’ll still with Facebook thank you. Although, the only advantage for Google would be that they have their own email client… hhhhmmmm

    So much for the Google Hub thing. Great Idea though. Love your writing also!

    • Selena Narayanasamy

      For some reason I just can’t jump on the Skype bandwagon yet. I’ve used it a few times (it comes in handy for conference calls when you don’t want to dial in on your cell phone and kill your minutes) but I just haven’t had an opportunity to use it that much. Maybe I’ll have to give it a shot.

      So I’ve been using buzz for the past day or two, and I wish there were a couple more customizations. I also noticed that on the mobile version, you can post by location… I knew this already BUT when they implied that, I assumed it would use coordinates or something. Because let’s be real here- noone will take the time to type in coordinates to find out where you are. Much to my dismay, I noticed that it shows an actual address for where you are. Mind you, I’m not sure how accurate it is (because I don’t want to post my location anywhere on the internet!) but it kind of creeps me out haha.

      I’m fairly impressed with Google Wave… I’ve used it for collaborating on documents and it’s nice to see real time edits. I’m back to used Google Docs for the time being, and you’re right- it rocks!

      I guess my google hub dreams are slowly being washed away 🙂 one can hope though! thanks for the great comment and the writing compliment!