The BUZZ is on – Google Buzz! Is it a threat to Twitter?

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Did you hear about Google Buzz?

If not, then it is time to read about it. Just type “Google Buzz” at Google search and you will get a list of websites related to an about Google Buzz.

It is not a new phenomenon. But as always and whatever Google has been known for, they have changed the buzz word in the market. It was Twitter until sometime back, but it is Google Buzz now or, so it seems.

What is Google Buzz?

That statement above would have given you a jist of what, this new thing on the internet could be. This is a new service that Google has launched. It is similar to the micro-blogging service that Twitter has but with a huge and welcome difference. Buzz does not have a character or, word limit to its service. So if you had always felt that you were tied down by the limit that Twitter put up there, then Google Buzz is for you.

If you are still looking for a definition for Buzz, then this is what Google has to say -

Google Buzz is a new way to share updates, photos, videos and more, and start conversations about the things you find interesting.

You can see from the above definition that this new service gives you an option of sharing anything including photos and videos.

This service was launched about a couple of days back and it already has a good number of users according to Google and it is growing. Looking at the way Twitter has grown over the past year or, so, it is sure that Google Buzz too, will grow in popularity.

Google Buzz is available as an add-on on your Gmail account. So if you do not have a Gmail account, you can create one and enjoy this service straight out of your email. What’s more, it even gives you an option of using it straight from your iPhone.

Features in Buzz -

Though Google is writing about introducing a lot of features in the day to come, the initial features with Buzz itself is worth noting. I am absolutely amazed with the service. These are the features -

  • Automatic friends lists – All friends who you have emailed in Gmail are added automatically. There is quite a bit of uproar about the privacy violations because of this feature, but I did not find it to be a problem, because you have an option of turning it off.
  • “Rich fast sharing” combines sources like Picasa and Twitter into a single feed, and it includes full-sized photo browsing.
  • Public and private sharing – You can swap between family and friends and decide if you want to keep a Buzz private or, public.
  • Inbox integration (instead of emailing you with updates, like Facebook might, Buzz features emails that update dynamically with all Buzz thread content.
  • “Recommended Buzz” puts friend-of-friend content into your stream, even if you’re not acquainted. Recommendations learn over time with your feedback.

Almost all of these features are welcome feature. Though it will take some time for us to get used to all of this and learn everything about Google Buzz, the present feeling is one of excitement.

You can check out theĀ  below video to know more about Google Buzz. Join me at Buzz by following me.

  • Automatic friends lists (friends are added automatically who you have emailed on Gmail)
  • “Rich fast sharing” combines sources like Picasa and Twitter into a single feed, and it includes full-sized photo browsing.
  • Public and private sharing (swap between family and friends).
  • Inbox integration (instead of emailing you with updates, like Facebook might, Buzz features emails that update dynamically with all Buzz thread content, like the photo viewer we mentioned above).
  • “Recommended Buzz” puts friend-of-friend content into your stream, even if you’re not acquainted. Recommendations learn over time with your feedback.

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Dilip Kumar

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