Google made a big announcement this week – they introduced their entry to compete in the social media space. They introduced Google Buzz.
If you have a Google account, specifically Gmail, you will have Google Buzz. There should be a page to allow you to activate Google Buzz when you try to login to your Gmail. Or you can go to the Google Buzz site here.
First, you need to setup your Google Buzz profile through your Gmail.
You don’t need to add or invite new friends to join, because Google automatically screens through your most contacted friends on Gmail and add them to your list of followers. You can choose to follow them or simply use the search function to add new people to follow on Buzz.
- Google Blog : Introducing Google Buzz
- Google Buzz: Competitors and Experts React (Yahoo also has a Buzz which they’re claiming that Google stole their idea and name. Microsoft said that Google is doing the wrong thing of creating their own instead of just integrating with the rest).
- If Google Wave Is The Future, Google Buzz Is The Present
- Google Buzz Surpasses 9 Million Posts and Comments
You can also check out this video about Google Buzz for mobile. Unfortunately, it’s currently only available to iPhone and Android. Considering this is still so very new, give them some time and they will support the other phones out there.
What are people doing with their Google Buzz account?
Generally, a lot of the tech sites have adopted Google Buzz. They’re so quick to even create “Buzz Me” buttons on their sites and articles.
Mostly, Google Buzz is now used for conversation starters. You have a question you want to ask people and they can reply like a group discussion / brainstorm. You can share a photo album publicly or privately. Well, some say, it’s almost just like Facebook. It’s not so much Twitter, since you’re given more than 140 characters and instead of Re-Tweeting, @replies or Direct Message, you just post our reply and other people can see it and contribute or comment to it. Well, like in a discussion!
Now for some shameless promotion…
I have setup my account and created my profile for WinnieKepala on Google Buzz. Unlike the bigger tech sites out there, I don’t have fancy “Follow Me” buttons for you to click and follow my Buzz. However, you can click here to go to WinnieKepala’s Google Buzz profile and follow me.
This is rather amazing, I must say. I’ve only set it up and made a tweet about it on Twitter and I now have 9 followers!! To those 8 of you, thanks a billion once again!!!
So, what are you waiting for? If you have tried it, tell me what you think about it? Leave a comment here… or better yet, BUZZ ME!!!