Things over at Google were all a “buzz” at today’s announcement of a new Google product, Google Buzz.
Ok, so what is it? The Wall Street Journal was the first to leak some news of Google’s idea to turn Gmail into more than just a email platform.
Google Buzz is a way to bring status updates, links, videos and other shared features into the Gmail platform. It will allow users to link to YouTube, Picassa, Twitter, Google Reader, Google Maps (for the nearby function) and Flickr, without the need to log into those sites. Users will not have to navigate away from Gmail. Google Buzz will appear as an option on the Gmail navigation page.
Google Buzz will build your network based off of your email and people you have chatted with the most. Also, users are able to set to share their Buzz public or private.
There isnt a mobile application for Google Buzz (yet) but users can go to the website on the browsers of their smartphones.
Google Buzz is being rolled out in waves (ha, ha) , so be patient. It will be interesting to see how Buzz will relate with Google’s collaboration product, Google Wave. They do have a slight overlap in services, but Google Wave hasnt caught on with users as much as Gmail.
Personally, I am logged into Gmail all day long. If I could do my social networking and email from one platform, it would save me time. With Google Buzz, it looks like this may be a strong possibility. We will have to see how the service works after its been fully rolled out and embraced by the Gmail using public.