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Old 02-10-2010, 12:14 PM   #1
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Default Google Buzz adds to the social whirl

This week Google is rolling out Buzz — its social networking add-on for Gmail. (I don’t see it on my Gmail page yet; they say it may take several days.)

They say they are focusing “on building an easy-to-use sharing experience that richly integrates photos, videos and links, and makes it easy to share publicly or privately (so you don’t have to use different tools to share with different audiences). It also supports geographic tagging. Works on phones as well as computers.

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Old 02-10-2010, 01:14 PM   #2
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I'm already Buzzing.... And yes, I can buzz from my phone, too. But from my phone I can also tweet, post to facebook, update my Wordpress blogs, upload video to youtube, send photos to Picassa - and probably more, except I don't have the time to do all these as I have to make some voice calls, too.

   
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The Washington Post's Rob Pegoraro reviewed it today:

"Buzz appears more ambitious, and a tad creepier, on a mobile device."

"But Google faces some huge obstacles to building up Buzz as a nexus of everybody's social networks. Its Gmail-first requirement excludes most people online; how many of them will change e-mail services just to use this?"

"Most of all, Buzz's mobile features require placing a phenomenal amount of trust in Google: You're not only letting its computers tell you what's worth knowing on the Web, read your e-mail and keep your calendar, now you're going to let them follow you around in the real world."

"I like Google and Gmail and my next cellphone will be an Android device, but at some point it's good to log out of the Google ecosystem and give your business to somebody else -- even if that's a little messy and inefficient."

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He makes good points. I was wondering whether it would use private information — such as Google medical files — to filter your associations. Brrrr.

   
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"... an easy-to-use sharing experience that richly integrates photos, videos and links,"
... and split infinitives.

I now have visions of Kelvyn tweeting, buzzing, and also playing the harmonica on a street corner in Keswick - a one-man social networking band
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... I have to make some voice calls, too.
How dreadfully old fashioned. Do people still do that?

   
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How dreadfully old fashioned. Do people still do that?
I have heard that some even meet each other in person when they have meetings!

   
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"But Google faces some huge obstacles to building up Buzz as a nexus of everybody's social networks. Its Gmail-first requirement excludes most people online; how many of them will change e-mail services just to use this?"
Well ... it's an obstacle, but not quite for the reason he states. People don't really have to change email services, do they? I had a gmail account for ages before I actually used it for anything. I see no reason why people can't just sign up for gmail if they must while continuing to use their old service. But ... not everyone likes having a gazillion email addresses -- however inactive some of them might be -- and some people simply resent having to sign up for one app in order to use another. I know I do.

   
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I have heard that some even meet each other in person when they have meetings!
Wow!

Reminds me of of that Asimov story where people would no longer met each other or be in the same room as another person. Sometimes I think we're well on our way towards that. I often find the easiest way to talk to Audrey is by email, even when we're in the same room.

   
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True enough — I have a Gmail account that I use only sparingly.

   
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