The Buzz about Google Buzz - death of Twitter?

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Now that we have had a few days to use Buzz on the "open market" it's starting to get more and more attention. Here are some things I have observed about using Google Buzz from my personal perspective.


  1. Simple to join - I have a Gmail account so it was automatically on my Gmail page when I logged in.
  2. A little troubling - it had automatically followed the people I most email. Frankly I didn't want some of them added so I immediately "un-followed" them.
  3. Allows photos inline - unlike Twitter if you post a link to photos in your post it will display them in a slideshow lightbox. This is a cool feature even better than Facebook.
  4. Allows videos inline - not in comments but in the original post. All you have to do is post a link to any YouTube video, your own or others, and it automatically embeds and is playable inline.
  5. Will be integrating with Google Apps - that means if you have a Google app like a countdown timer to the end of the First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit or a Google map you can push it out to all of your followers. Obviously this also opens the door for custom developed Google apps like my mortgage finance estimator.
  6. On of my personal favorites - editable posts and comments! No more living with type-os or misspellings.

Google Buzz
Inline video is very simple with Google Buzz - paste the link to any YouTube video.

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Comments (11)

Craig Richardson
National Realty - McLean, VA

Ken, I've heard about this new Google product.  I'll have to check it out.  Thanks for posting.

Feb 13, 2010 04:57 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

So funny, I was just at Google reading about it.  But I like having insight from you as a user about the auto following...

Feb 13, 2010 05:00 AM
Tanya Connie
Sun Rise Real Estate - Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Real Estate

I had seen the Buzz on my Google account but didn't know what is was until now.  Thanks

Feb 13, 2010 05:01 AM
Douglas Lovitt
Washington Management Company, Inc. - Mill Creek, WA

Ken might be a little premature to start burying Twitter. You never know what they have up their sleeve to counter Google with!

Feb 13, 2010 05:05 AM
Duane Murphy
Expert Real Estate Partners LLC - Appleton, WI
Broker- Owner-Real Estate -

hmmmm Very interesting. One more social networking aapplication that I will have to check out.

Feb 13, 2010 05:06 AM
Ken Cook
Content, coding, marketing, host. - Marietta, GA
Content Marketer/Creator

Craig - let me know what you think.

Tammy - give it a shot and tell me how you find it for your self.

Sandy - it's very similar to Twitter and the live stream (news feed) from Facebook.

Douglas - agreed. But it gets people to read, eh?

Duane - for me it was just like walking and chewing gum because it's integrated in Gmail which I use a lot.

Feb 13, 2010 05:11 AM
Stephen Kappre
KW Hometown - Mantua, NJ
Helping You Home

Tested out the video chat with the wife the other day - was fairly crisp and very little delay even at full screen. I read how Buzz allows others to read your e-mails? I didn't follow up on that, but I'm sure it will be fixed. I don't use my gmail for anything but Buzz at this point.

Feb 13, 2010 10:43 AM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

Just in the last couple of days I noticed the Buzz on my gmail account, but really hadn't played with it to see what it was all about.  Sounds like it could be one more addiction to add to the list :)

Feb 13, 2010 02:12 PM
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Hmm.. I actually have not played with this. I'll have to check it out now. Thanks Ken.

Feb 13, 2010 02:54 PM
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


Thanks for the Buzz on G'Buzz. Google is AMAAAAZING.


Feb 13, 2010 06:02 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

It is interesting.  I have looked a little bit, but there is so much more to learn... 

Feb 14, 2010 03:03 PM