February 11, 2010 | Technology | 11 Comments|
Besides the couple of gin and tonics I had last night, I’m now Buzzed – that’s Google Buzz.
While I’m still trying to figure this out and what it will become overall – a Twitter or Facebook competitor – I’ve found an immediate use for it: allowing me to easily scroll through my Google Reader shared feeds.
So are you on Google Buzz? Are you already following me? Am I already following you?
Or is this a Buzz kill for you?
I saw it, gave it about 10 mins, then turned it off. Been reading mixed reviews about it to be honest. I sure some people will love it though. If it does a little better than Wave did and catches on, I might revisit it as it’s possible I’m missing something.
To expand a little: it seemed that it was filled with things I’ve already seen my friends post elsewhere. I didn’t really see anything new that I couldn’t get from something I already use. Again, I only gave it 10 mins though so who knows… 😉
I HATE IT. I quickly found a way to TURN IT OFF (thankfully). And when I made a comment related to it on Facebook and my GChat status, I had 5-10 people immediately inquire how to turn it off.
The problem with it is the underlying assumption that EVERYONE I WANT TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH HAS A GOOGLE ACCOUNT. That’s just not the case. This move is very reminiscent of Microsoft … too little, too late and people are going to hate them for it.
What a BUZZ KILL, right? =)
You and I have been doing that contact buzz thing… 🙂
kevin – To be honest, there’s things about it that I hope get added, like being able to link this blog and new posts to it. In some ways, it’s a replica of Google Reader with a Facebook and Twitter like content management. Wave died off quickly. I’ve not logged onto it for weeks. Perhaps later on, as you said, Buzz will mature and there will be something here you need.
nilsa – I have a couple people that have turned it off completely. And you make a good point that it assumes the people you want to connect to have a Google account. Although I see their alterier motive in this, in that if the people you wanted to connect with were on Facebook and you didn’t have a Facebook account, you would sign up. Maybe still too late for some, I suppose.
sybil law – Yes, you and I have been buzzing a lot. And typing comments on Google Buzz, too. 😉
Yay! Another new internet thing that will be outdated and abandoned by everyone by the time I figure it out!
I have no idea if I like it or not. I can take it or leave it, honestly. I think it is a good idea but if you are already a social media whore, it’s just redundant. Of course, people who only know me through Google now can see all of my crap, which I am not sure if that is good or bad, haha.
Dear Nilsa, how do you turn it off??/ 😉
I must live under a rock or something because I had never heard of it until I read your post.
Well, the Google Buzz thing IS too little, too late. And yes, it’s redundant. I don’t see using it, really. The only thing I’ve connected my profile to there is my blog. Everyone knows how to reach me on Twitter and Facebook already. At least they should, because Google Buzz is NOT the way to get to me.
I’m already buzz killed I think. Haven’t even looked at it. Okay, I haven’t turned Twitter or YIM on in forever either. *sigh*
tattytiara – Just like Google Wave, although I understand that’s still up and running.
hilly – Yeah, the privacy thing blindsided Google. Guess they should have done more real world testing.
tori – With Google, they have so much, even those of us that are connected to a lot, probably don’t know the half of what they have.
karl – Twitter and Facebook are formidable sites that are well established. Not everyone has a Gmail account. It’s going to take Google a bit to see how Buzz pans out, IMO.
winter – Yes, and you’ve been missed on Twitter, that’s for sure. 🙂