Google had hinted a Social Network step to compete with Twitter, Facebook, yesterday. And it’s finally here.
It’s called Google Buzz. Works inside Gmail, Google homepage and via Phone and everything it does, it does pretty-neatly. The key stuff:
- Rich Fast sharing Experience
- Public, Private sharing
- Inbox Integration
- Just the good stuff
Works right in your Gmail under “Buzz”. The very first time you use it, it will auto-follow all your contacts. With time, it gets better, it will automatically predict based on your activity, the kind of content you want to see, and it makes sure you don’t miss it. It learns from your activity (things you ignore and mark important), and intelligently surprises you with new stuff. The clutter you see on facebook, won’t be seen here.
The features are Truly Killer! Say Good-bye to Facebook for sure. Twitter would still stay around.
Google Buzz is a new way to start conversations about the things you find interesting. It’s built right into Gmail, so you don’t have to peck out an entirely new set of friends from scratch — it just works. If you think about it, there’s always been a big social network underlying Gmail. Buzz brings this network to the surface by automatically setting you up to follow the people you email and chat with the most. We focused on building an easy-to-use sharing experience that richly integrates photos, videos and links, and makes it easy to share publicly or privately (so you don’t have to use different tools to share with different audiences). Plus, Buzz integrates tightly with your existing Gmail inbox, so you’re sure to see the stuff that matters most as it happens in real time.
Watch the Video to get a better idea:
Now, Google wants to take this to a new level in Mobile world. So that Social networks are aware of where exactly you are, and what kind of interaction would make sense for your friends.
New stuff for mobile:
- Available via Google.com
- Native iPhone, Android, Symbian, Windows Mobile application “Buzz app”
- New Google Maps with Buzz.
It’s able to detect your current location and you get to see what people are buzzing about. For instance, if you are at a market and you want to know what’s buzzing near you, Google Buzz will help you. And via Maps you can see the buzz around the world.
And it’s big on features, it’s kind of like Google Wave minus the boring stuff. So anything adding to timeline gets to life. e.g.a link posted gets images that you can select-out and post. Same goes with Videos, other media files.
- Imports and Exports RSS feeds.
- Read only Twitter, Facebook Access
- Integrates with Pubshub
- Full Blown API – Google Code
Google has relied on services’ openness in order to build Buzz (you can connect Flickr and Twitter from Buzz in Gmail), and Buzz itself is not designed to be a closed system. The goal is to make Buzz a fully open and distributed platform for conversations. It’s built on suite of open protocols to create a complete read/write developer API, and it’s all available on Google Code (for developers).