Google Buzz makes it easy for Gmail users to share status updates and content across the web including photos and video. It will be integrated with Google’s photo-sharing site Picasa and video-sharing site YouTube.
Buzz will also have a mobile site and Google intends to launch Buzz for businesses at a later stage.
At the Tuesday press conference, Google Buzz product manager Todd Jackson said “You will automatically follow the people you e-mail and chat with on a regular basis. You will be able to share content from around the Web, including YouTube videos, Flickr photos, site links and other materials. You will be able to share your thoughts in a public way and in a private way. You will get social updates in your inbox. And Google will help you find only the stuff that matters by recommending popular content. The mobile version of Buzz can figure out where you are and show you nearby buzz posts.”
Google has so far failed to get a stronghold in social networking with its Orkut service failing miserably in other parts of the world apart from Brazil where it is hugely popular.
Even with this effort, I think Google will still struggle to beat Facebook and Twitter because I don’t see any reason anyone already using the latter two would want to sign up for Buzz.
If you don’t see Google Buzz in your Gmail, take heart because it is slowly being rolled out and all Gmail users will eventually be able to use it.
It is a feature which will make it easier for Gmail users to view and share their status updates.
Rumor has it that Google could launch this feature as soon as this week.
It should be noted that Gmail users can already update their statuses but as soon as a new update gets posted, the previous one disappears. Users will be able to see stream of updates and the feature will be integrated with YouTube and photo-sharing site Picasa.
I doubt that this will have a huge bearing on Twitter and Facebook but it will all depend on how Google delivers this one. Yahoo previously launched a feature that’s almost the same but not many people are using it.
My name is Stone Atwine and this is my ‘official’ blog.
I own an ICT company called BlissOne MEDIA. (I also do a drive-time radio show but that’s not very critical to this blog) We do lots of computer related work like computer training, computer software & hardware sales, ICT consulting and outsourced online work. We also have an Internet café wing. Of late, companies and organizations have contacted me hoping to get some help with social media issues. Because of this, I decided it was time to turn this social tech blogging idea that I’ve had for a very long time into a reality. I can offer a bit of knowledge and advice in that field. I am a life long student of all things computer and a very big fan of emerging technologies.
I am sure people who have consulted me about issues concerning social sites like Facebook and Twitter have found my advice very useful. I have over 8 years experience in the ICT sector in Uganda and a number of ICT related articles have quoted me.
I will be blogging about these particular sites (and others like them) and most of my posts will be about basic tips and tricks to help enhance the experience of using them. I believe that simplicity is key to understanding this often misunderstood concept of social media. I am a news junkie and so expect a lot of social media news too; new trends in social media & ICT, services, products, apps and other news along those lines.
I am blogging to bring all things social media closer to you. So I hope you come back.
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