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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 Google.com 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.




"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007






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