I recently took the plunge and started using Google Buzz. My initial thoughts are that it has a lot of potential, which is why I wanted to mention it here.
Google Buzz: So, what does it do?
VERY briefly, Google Buzz is a micro blogging application, which comes as part of Gmail. It lets you post comments or share links, like you can on Twitter, but without the 140 character restriction.
Google Buzz also lets you share rich content (video, pictures etc) with other users, without having to leave the application. Just like on Facebook, you can comment on what you see and add a “like” to items etc. Unlike Facebook, each item you post can be made public or private, giving you control over who sees what, on a per-post basis.
You can also aggregate (or feed) your blog posts and Tweets straight into Google Buzz, as well as items from your Google Reader, Picasa, Flickr etc. The platform is clearly still in its infancy but improvements are being made regularly, by a development team who are active members of the Google Buzz community. I like that.
All you need to get started, is a Gmail account and then to set up a Google Profile (here’s mine) and you’re good to go.
It’s way too early to say if Google Buzz will fly or not, but it does have the finances and talent of Google behind it; so it may be worth you checking it out and then making up your own mind whether it’s right for you. I think that right now, it maybe something for early adopters like myself, rather than the wider population? I’d like to know what you think.
If you use the service or decide to join, you can connect with me on Google Buzz here.
Existing Google Buzz users
Are you already a Google Buzz user? If so, what are your thoughts or experiences regarding it?
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