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Will Google Buzz Change the Social Media Game?Views: 680
Feb 16, 2010 2:25 amWill Google Buzz Change the Social Media Game?#

Eileen Brown
Read the Article:

http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2010/02/09/googles-facebooktwitter-competitor-could-open-up-big-possibilities

Google says Buzz has five key elements:

1. Auto Following
2. Rich, Fast Sharing experience...
3. Support for public and private sharing....
4. In-box integration
5. Just the good stuff...

Are you a Buzzer yet?

What's your idea of how Buzz could outshine Facebook?

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Feb 25, 2010 8:16 amre: Will Google Buzz Change the Social Media Game?#

Bobbi Jo Woods
Hiya EB- Good to see you back.

While I think it's not fair to discount social networking tools, I personally didn't find much value in Google Buzz within the first day or so that it was added to my Gmail service--your milage may vary. For me, it was pretty much another way of doing something I already do, and telling me things I already knew.

(It is only my personal opinion) that Buzz won't be bringing me any value...with perhaps the one exception that it might make it easier to connect with folks who are NOT on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., and possibly lead me to their profiles on those pages - but so far, I didn't see anyone in my Buzz page who I was not already connected to in some way.

Within the first day or so that it was added to my Gmail service, and after reviewing what it was all about, I promptly shut off Buzz. The good news is, if I find a good review from anyone else I know using it (or read anything online) which might convince me that it's worthwhile, I can easily turn it back on again (link at the bottom of my Gmail page).

-Bobbi Jo

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Feb 26, 2010 3:08 pmre: re: Will Google Buzz Change the Social Media Game?#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Bobbi Jo,

Question - Is the only way to use Buzz is via Gmail? I currently have no choice but to use Gmail to check my email because I am using my sister's computer while my computer is out of commission.

But, once my computer is back up and running, I want to get back to my regular email account, not Gmail because I want to be able to send out email in HTML format using my CRM program.

Can I use Buzz outside of Gmail?

Lamar Morgan

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Feb 27, 2010 8:40 pmre: re: re: Will Google Buzz Change the Social Media Game?#

Ron Sam
I was listening to a Webinar about Social media the other day and the presenter seems to like Twitter over Facebook. No mention of Buzz.

With Twitter he says you can use a Twitter utility that alerts and collects any and all keyword or tag label subjects you want to hear about. Such as 'Fundraising' or 'non-profit'. The same utility can sort out all your connections as private or public or whatever. This sounds like a time-saver filter for me.

I am on FB for personal discussion and to build awareness of Ventura Maritime Museum on FB. According to the webinar, Twitter is suppose to work better at building awareness by twittering announcements, activities, events, fundraisers, etc., that may be heard by other related organizations. It would also allow me to see who is looking and to connect with them.

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Mar 01, 2010 5:39 pmre: re: re: Will Google Buzz Change the Social Media Game?#

Bobbi Jo Woods
Lamar-

I don't know, because I only looked at Buzz momentarily, made a judgement or two, and shut it off.

I think you can find more info about Buzz at:

http://buzz.google.com

-Bobbi Jo

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Mar 01, 2010 7:28 pmre: re: re: re: Will Google Buzz Change the Social Media Game?#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Ron,

Okay, I will assume that Twitter is better than Facebook for certain applications. But, where exactly does Buzz fit in here? Should it even be considered to be in competition with Facebook and Twitter?

Lamar Morgan

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Mar 07, 2010 7:53 amre: re: re: re: re: Will Google Buzz Change the Social Media Game?#

Ron Sam
Lamar, a related article:

Google vice president of product management Bradley Horowitz discussed Google Buzz in an interview with eWeek, during which he stressed that the new social-networking component to Gmail was not designed as a Facebook or Twitter killer.


Horowitz told eWeek:

The way that people are using Buzz is exactly as hoped and intended. It's not just status-casting. It's not just checking in. It's really meaningful interactions around meaningful topics within Buzz and it's reaching the right audience and people are engaged. That kind of value proposition is I think unique to Buzz. I've heard that again and again. In the realm of positive feedback, I think that people are finding that the conversational mode of Buzz is very, very powerful and the quality of audience is also great.

On the Facebook and Twitter killer question:

Absolutely not. Per what I just said, this is creating a new category of communication. It's filling a niche, which is not currently met in the market. I think something unique is happening on Buzz that will continue to evolve. It's hard to create a trend line or extrapolate too much from six days of use, but certainly, conversation and the conversational Web is a place where Buzz has excelled. I think it is unique and offers a compelling, interesting experience.

On possible integration with Facebook, he added:

We have nothing to announce in that regard except that we continue to work on the APIs that would make that possible and our philosophical intent is that we do have the most open, well integrated, well behaving social network in the industry. We want to make sure that users have an opportunity to get Buzz out and create Buzz anywhere on the Internet where they deem appropriate. We're working hard to make that a reality, so nothing specific to announce, but philosophically, we want this to be open in every way, both in and out.

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Mar 10, 2010 8:11 amre: re: re: re: re: re: Will Google Buzz Change the Social Media Game?#

Bobbi Jo Woods
This leads me to a question about another Google product, Google Wave.

Does anyone here use it, have heard of it, know what it's for, what it does and whether it's any good/have opinions on it?

Based on the marketing of Wave that Google did in it's early days of starting out, I was all excited about the prospect of using it. I thought it was basically the end-all-be-all communications tool and since I have so many non-profit groups I volunteer with and clients who I do free work with, I thought it would be ideal for online communication, meetings online, etc.

I sent a request to Google for an invite in August and in December, I finally got my invite(!) I played around with it a bit but couldn't really figure out what's so great about it.

As I understand it, it's sort of like mind-mapping, but you can automate to a degree, setting up alerts for topics you wish to follow, and then putting them in a "wave". Sort of like a heartbeat or path that tracks things related to those topics, and/or if it's a private wave, the alerts only come from the sources you invite (such as other email addresses or Gmail contacts).

But I really couldn't figure out why I needed it. I felt a bit short-sold, after having waited so long to check it out and finally getting there only to see it was not what I was expecting, it was pretty much underwhelming to me.

-Bobbi Jo

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