Updated on February 10, 2010
Google Buzz gives you a social network built into Gmail, Google’s web-based email service (known as Google Mail in some countries including the UK). You can watch a Google video to get a good sense of how it works.
Some people say that Google Buzz is a killer service to take on the likes of Twitter and Facebook. Others say itâ€™s more of a â€œsocial content aggregatorâ€ and only another milestone along the road where Google is travelling (I was sorely tempted to call that the â€œinformation superhighwayâ€). Itâ€™s also being called â€œa social Swiss Army knife.â€
Whatever you decide it is, thereâ€™s one big thing it is about â€“ search. Apart from anything else, it gives you the ability to search your social graph and find the content that interests you, filtering out the stuff that doesn’t.
[â€¦] The game is no longer just about â€œwhat are you doingâ€. As microblogging has become more popular, the stream has become more busy, and people are getting tired of sifting through the noise. So, now that pretty much everyone has shown up for the party, the value is moving to discovery, context, and relevance. The question we increasingly feel our social inbox should answer better is: â€œgiven what you know about me, look at everything I subscribe to, and show me only the updates I care about most right here, right now.â€ In one word: Search. And who has the advantage there? We know who.
Thereâ€™s more, though â€“ mobile. According to EngestrÃ¶m:
[â€¦] You donâ€™t need a crystal ball to know that mobile is becoming the primary (in some cases the only) interface to daily social media. Facebookâ€™s and Twitterâ€™s mobile clients? Letâ€™s be straight, theyâ€™re lame feed scrollers compared to what they could be. Nobody has come even close to harnessing the full power of mobile. Which of the three companies has its own mobile platform: Facebook, Twitter, or Google? Again, we know who.
Detailed information on the Google Buzz mobile page. This looks pretty compelling.
Such a picture of disruptive possibilities!
I donâ€™t â€œliveâ€ in Gmail so I find it hard to see how I would use or benefit from Google Buzz, although mobile access looks very appealing. But Iâ€™ll keep an open mind at least until Iâ€™ve tried it out myself.
How do you see this evolution from Google?