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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RE: Critical mass achieved
2/9/2010 5:32:43 PM
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
2/9/2010 6:28:50 PM
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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