Quick Thoughts on Google Buzz

As of this writing, I still don’t have Google Buzz on my computer – these thoughts were gleaned from find it enabled on my iPhone. First reaction: Holy crap, I love it.

This app wouldn’t have worked 3 years ago, but Facebook and Twitter have been doing heavy lifting, training “Social Media Experts” and technophobes alike how to (over)share. Broadly generalizing here, but a lot of people probably find their Facebook accounts bloated with too many people they don’t care enough about. By limiting Google Buzz to the users you communicate most with, Google has made the hard cuts for you.

I wonder if people will share differently than they do on FB or Twitter. What do you think?

Microsoft probably invested millions of dollars and several months to come up with a word they could turn into a verb like ‘To Google’, but Buzz feels natural right off the bat. For what it’s worth, I like ‘to Buzz’ infinitely more than I like ‘to Tweet’.

Since I only saw it on my iPhone, this may change, but it’s potential as a mobile app is amazing.

Privacy issues aside, the Buzz Map and the “Nearby” feature of the mobile app are incredibly voyeuristic and addictive. With links to a users Google Profile, it also makes the web a lot more local and personal.

What will Facebook’s undoubtedly ham-handed response be? Another move that outrages privacy experts, looks bad, and is hard to use?

When Google exposes my data, somehow I expect it, maybe I’m an apologist. When Facebook does it, people get MAD MAD MAD.

I think Twitter remains relatively useful, but this hurts Facebook a lot.

Also, whither Foursquare?

What do you think?

Quick Thoughts on Google Buzz

0 thoughts on “Quick Thoughts on Google Buzz

  1. I don’t have buzz on my windows mobile phone but I do have it on my Gmail account. It is interesting but not quite there yet. I like the way it acts as a good central dumping ground for anything I’m interested in (or anythign my friends are interested in) Flickr pucs can appear in Buzz, as can new blog posts, or things I want to share from google reader.

    But it doesn’t replace twitter not yet. The reason is because I have a community built around twitter and posts from friends in twitter aren’t in my bzzfeed. Also it doesn’t really stop me from having to check all my other media sources (like google reader, twitter, etc.). So while it is good and may gain enough momentum and traction to alleviate some of these early “problems” it isn’t there yet.

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