Google Buzz: The Next Generation in Gmail
Well the big news from Google today was Google Buzz. Not to be confused with Yahoo Buzz – which might cause some friction because they are both social networks. Some even say it’s trying to be Facebook.
Google Buzz is GMail in real time. You can add to email in real time. Kinda like Wave does, except it can be on a personal level. It has some Twitter functionality – @geekazine will be recognized. You can even speak in your comments and they will be transcribed.
Buzz will also be available for the mobile phone. A little Augemented 2D action – Hit the Nearby option on Google Maps in the phone and find out what others are saying. Geotagged Buzz posts will show you what is being said. Another movie premier killer option right there.
Here is where you can see a commercial about Google Buzz. It won’t be available for everyone just yet, But you know you have it when you look under your “Inbox” and it says “Buzz”. Technically it’s in Beta, although they don’t seem to be calling it a Beta.
The iPhone app is simply a link to the page you can place on your Home screen. I instantly saw my Buzz and a comment from someone only a few miles away from me. Moved the Map over to CA and there was a lot of Buzz.
It will be interesting how this application will cultivate. Will it be a Facebook Killa? Will it change the way we use E-Mail? Will the “G” in GMail become GeoTag Mail? Will Yahoo sue Google for “Buzz”? Only time will tell. What do you think of this new innovation from Google?