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The Buzz

Posted: 11 Feb 2010, 00:06
by RatherBFlyin
Well, it's been out for a day. What are everyone's thoughts about Google Buzz? I agree with some experts who say it will become incredibly annoying, but I also agree with others who say it will be the death of Facebook. I only took my first look at it today, and so far I am somewhat pleased with it. Have to wait and see how it shakes out.

Re: The Buzz

Posted: 11 Feb 2010, 00:18
by Dennis
Hm...I wouldn't say that just yet. From the looks of it, it's only for GMail users. I'd be pretty reluctant to sign up on a service with an email I'd just use for this blog.

Re: The Buzz

Posted: 11 Feb 2010, 00:50
by caps1237
Never heard of it. Since I don't use Gmail other than for school emails, I don't think I'll be using it till I get an Android phone in April.

Re: The Buzz

Posted: 14 Feb 2010, 21:30
by Northwestdc9
I've never heard of it either.... this isn't another Twitter or something is it? Because I despise Twitter.

Re: The Buzz

Posted: 15 Feb 2010, 00:05
by caps1237
Northwestdc9 wrote:I've never heard of it either.... this isn't another Twitter or something is it? Because I despise Twitter.
Agreed. Seems like its only for celebrities and older people who think people want to listen to your everyday tales. :laugh:

Re: The Buzz

Posted: 15 Feb 2010, 03:14
by RatherBFlyin
Actually, Twitter can be a very handy marketing tool, if handled properly. The other day I saw the person who runs Southwest's official Twitter account respond to two upset passengers within minutes of them tweeting their complaints. I have also heard stories of Virgin America doing the same thing, even going so far as alerting flight attendants during the flight when a passenger tweets a complaint from on the aircraft (using their in-flight wifi service). Personally I have found it quite handy at staying on top of a number of blogs I follow, and even using Twitter for updates instead of their RSS feed in some cases. I only have a couple followers on Twitter so far, but when I post an update it is usually a link to an article I read, or a re-tweet of something someone else said. I almost never post anything personal to Twitter.

Buzz is supposed to be, from what I can tell, something like a combination of Facebook and Twitter. It lets you post a comment, link, picture, whatever, and all of your friends (followers) can comment on it in real time, have discussions, debates, whatever. Still has a few flaws, but Google is already revamping the service based on feedback from people using it (stuff that really should have been fixed during BETA testing, if any was actually done).

Re: The Buzz

Posted: 15 Feb 2010, 07:20
by caps1237
Yup, I'll definitely give you that. Twitter is a highly successful marketing tool for companies or people building a brand off themselves.

But then you have people like my boss who use our company Twitter account only as a place to post small PR releases on new projects. I've told him there's a reason its called social media for a reason: its a place for two-way communication.