Catching the Buzz on the Facebook-Like Google Buzz
February 9, 2010 3:30 PM
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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,
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
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 Google.com or directly
(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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2/9/2010 4:38:37 PM
..reminds me of "Antivirus 2010".
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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