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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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RE: Critical mass achieved
By cmdrdredd on 2/9/2010 4:35:46 PM , Rating: 2
Just what we need...another BS social site that will send 5000000000 alerts a day to your cell phone and take up your life because everyone expects you to respond to every comment, every day. Glad I never got started in this crap.

RE: Critical mass achieved
By Nik00117 on 2/9/2010 4:45:21 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about you but every few days I'll post a status update (normally a joke or something) rarely do I get comments and rarely do I comment on others. It however is fun to go over photos, and check on a friends profile to see what he's been up too (I got friends all over the world)

RE: Critical mass achieved
By cmdrdredd on 2/9/2010 4:52:17 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe fun for you Nik00117, but if you've seen some of the people I hang out with, they live on facebook. "OMG you didn't see my new comment? go look now!" "OMG did you see what so and so just said?" and "OMG I forgot to check facebook!" Sheesh...

It just seems like the people I know put everything on there and expect everyone to have seen it immediately. That just doesn't seem like any type of fun to me.

RE: Critical mass achieved
By v1001 on 2/9/2010 5:12:38 PM , Rating: 2
And most people don't think coming to a tech site to talk to strangers is fun. But you like to do it. At least they are talking to friends they know in real life.

Anyway it's more than likely that they have gmail or twitter already so if that integrates into that it could make people switch. A lot of times people make and try out a new page just to see. And even if they don't use it right away as others join they start to use it more and more. If it is indeed better they all follow and find themselves on the better one eventually.

RE: Critical mass achieved
By cmdrdredd on 2/9/2010 5:30:51 PM , Rating: 2
I talk to people I know in real life, well, in real life. What a concept. I go out of my house to talk to people I know.

RE: Critical mass achieved
By MScrip on 2/9/2010 11:05:38 PM , Rating: 2
I talk to people I know in real life, well, in real life. What a concept. I go out of my house to talk to people I know.

And how did you react when people used to chat on AIM all the time? What are your thoughts on e-mail? Telephones?

There are many types of communications. Pick the one that works the best for the situation.

I wish I had your kind of time that I could talk face-to-face to everybody I know, every day.

RE: Critical mass achieved
By Omega215D on 2/10/2010 7:38:44 AM , Rating: 3
Of course some of us like to keep in touch with friends who may have moved out of the area or maybe traveling is part of my job or theirs which makes face to face a bit difficult. The friends who still live in the area have differing schedules so Facebook is a nice way to sort of get together without texting at inopportune moments.

RE: Critical mass achieved
By cruisin3style on 2/11/2010 5:34:59 PM , Rating: 2
One day several years ago I was, for the millionth time, told I HAD to make a facebook or myspace page. "EVERYONE'S ON THERE!" was the battlecry. Up until that day I was an avid PC and internet user, logging plenty of days worth of time using AIM and Kazaa (or maybe bittorrent was around by then), and the average person probably paled in comparison to my knowledge on computer related applications and goings-on.

Eventually I did make a facebook page. But it was that day that I realized that by not wanting to make one and scoffing at those who did that I had, in fact, become that old guy who doesn't understand the appeal of chatrooms and AIM because he can "just talk to my friends in person."

RE: Critical mass achieved
By Omega215D on 2/12/2010 3:13:11 AM , Rating: 2
I'm the type of guy who likes to remain a ghost but when I kept coming in contact with people I knew from high school, old friends and current college buddies they tell me they can't really talk or hang out much because of work schedules and told me to hit them up on FB if they don't answer their texts.

I didn't even create a FB page until late 2005 and only started really utilizing it in mid 2006. I avoid MySpace because of all the annoying pages I've come across and I'm only on Twitter as part of those cheap air fares things from United and Jet Blue.

RE: Critical mass achieved
By inighthawki on 2/9/2010 5:32:43 PM , Rating: 2
There's a difference between participating in a forum-like discussion and posting random crap to your "wall" and making facebook, twitter, etc into your life. I mean, at least people on dailytech don't use their phones to check their latest post status and responses every 15 minutes while driving...

RE: Critical mass achieved
By axeman1957 on 2/9/2010 6:28:50 PM , Rating: 2
Well, normally not, but ever since Opra came on the radio and told me how disgusted she is with distracted driving, I have had the urge to be on my phone at all times while in the car.

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