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Google Buzz
New service ties together variety of Google and external offerings to make a social network/RSS feed hybrid

Somewhere Mark Zuckerberg must be angrily screaming, because Google just stepped all over his company's toes.  Google, ever expanding its web arsenal which has helped make it the world's largest search provider and the largest internet company, has unveiled a new service called Google Buzz, which is creating quite the... well... buzz.

The new Google service ties together Google's Picasa and Gmail along with Twitter and Flickr to create essentially a feed driven social network of sorts -- with the feed bearing some similarities to the feed that has helped Facebook become the world's largest social network.

The newly unveiled service is available in both mobile handset and PC forms and is easily accessible by any of Google's millions of Gmail users.  The service offers some key advantages over Facebook -- its apparent closest rival.  Unlike Facebook's static email updates, the new service will provide dynamic updates through your Gmail.  And Google is also promising to do a better job that Facebook when it comes to making it clear what you're sharing with whom.

Some might worry about handing Google more personal data than it already has, but let's face it, Google probably knows plenty about you already.  For those willing to take the plunge, the services is available on Android and iPhone browsers through or directly here (more details are available via the link).

While Google isn't likely to displace Facebook anytime soon, Google Buzz seems to have the potential to perhaps steal away more than a few Facebook users who are looking for an easy, less intrusive alternative to the ubiquitous social network.

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Needs Facebook
By nafhan on 2/9/2010 4:28:34 PM , Rating: 2
If this could use Facebook's API or something to show the Facebook news feed, then they'd have a one stop shop. Until they do that, I'll continue to use Gmail for email, and Facebook for social stuff. Really, this is probably too complicated for most people. Check out that if you don't believe me about the complicated thing.

RE: Needs Facebook
By UncleRufus on 2/10/2010 9:48:02 AM , Rating: 2
I've found that there is so much garbage now on Facebook, I don't really get to communicate with folks as much anymore. There's just so much farmville and mafia wars spam.

I am looking forward to a quieter social network with a cleaner interface (like facebook used to be) integrated with my gmail account. I actually wouldn't mind them integrating Wave into Gmail, also. It's a bit slow, but it's also in Beta, so that's forgivable.

RE: Needs Facebook
By messyunkempt on 2/10/2010 1:11:50 PM , Rating: 2
I've found that there is so much garbage now on Facebook, I don't really get to communicate with folks as much anymore. There's just so much farmville and mafia wars spam.

Just block the farmville and mafia wars apps. Easy to do and problem solved...

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