It was a little surprising that when Google+ launched, there was a section of posts from Google Buzz , the company’s ill-fated Twitter clone. Google had all but abandoned Google Buzz, but today they actually got around to abandoning it for real. Google will be killing off Buzz, as well as few other products as part of what it calls “A fall sweep.”
For those of us whose love for the world is too big to be contained by one social network, staying on top of the updates to all of the services we frequent can be tough, especially when meat-space distractions such as our jobs and families become part of the equation. Fortunately, thanks to Yoono, our Browser Extension of the Week, you'll have ample time to keep up to date with the people you adore as well as take time for the ones you merely tolerate.
Google has agreed to pay $8.5 million (US) to settle a privacy lawsuit filed over its Buzz social networking service, and as usual only the lawyers are going to get rich on this one. The exact terms of the settlement are still pending approval from a federal court judge, but for a company that is earning $6.5-$7 billion per quarter we are guessing they probably won’t lose too much sleep over it.
A legal ruling against the search giant is a bit of a black eye for its “do no evil” company motto, but we are guessing the whole Buzz thing in general didn’t go over as well as they had hoped.
Google's Twitter-killer, Google Buzz didn't have the best launch. Since then, most users have abandoned the service. With an API finally in use, more apps could be building in support for Buzz. One such app is Seesmic on the Android platform. Google has neglected to build a real Buzz app, so this is one of the best Buzz experiences users can get on a mobile platform.
The app will allow users to send new messages, follow people, as well as the ability to share items. Users will have to add in their Buzz credentials to Seesmic and authorize the app to post content. The Buzz timeline looks much as the standard Twitter timeline does in the app. This might help some users become accustomed to Buzz. The standard web interface could do with some sprucing up.
As more clients like Tweetdeck and Seesmic adopt Google Buzz, we'll have to see if usage increases. Do you think it's too late for Buzz, or can they turn it around with third party apps?
Google launched Buzz just a few months ago, but it's already looking grim for the Twitter competitor. Media analytics firm PostRank conducted a survey of Buzz content and found that fully 90% of the content comes from automated (or bot) accounts. That works out to 63% of Buzz content coming direct from a linked Twitter account, and 27% is from an automated RSS feed.
So why is it that Buzz isn't catching on? It seemed to make sense on the surface. Gmail has a large user base and many people kept their contacts there. The early security issues most likely scared some users off. Add to that the still cumbersome commenting system, and inbox cluttering capacity, and many people probably turned it off. The only bright spot is that almost 11% of content on Buzz is unique to it. However, we suspect much of that could be made up of comments.
Do you still use Buzz? If not, let us know why. Security concerns? Or do you just not need another social networking tool?
Google Buzz is making all the wrong noises. It has been the talking point among privacy and digital rights activists ever since it launched. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a non-profit privacy advocacy group, wasted little time in highlighting several privacy issues with Buzz in a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In fact, it went ahead with the complaint despite Google making some crucial changes to address some of the major concerns.
Now, Google's failure to make Buzz an opt-in service has landed the company in further trouble. This time around, a bipartisan group comprising 11 congressmen has formally raised the matter with the FTC. "We are writing to express our concern over claims that Google's 'Google Buzz' social networking tool breaches online consumer privacy and trust. Due to the high number of individuals whose online privacy is affected by tools like this—either directly or indirectly—we feel that these claims warrant the Commission's review of Google's public disclosure of personal information of consumers through Google Buzz," they wrote in a letter to the FTC. Google would want to avoid a probe by making Buzz an opt-in service.
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Google has just announced their Twitter competitor, named Google Buzz. The twist--this service is completely integrated into Google's Gmail service. It's basically a new way to connect to your existing contacts in Gmail. Google lists 5 unique features of Buzz, which we'll go over after the jump.
Read on for live announcement updates!
Update: LOL! Google's presentation gets hijacked after livestream viewers figure out the presenter's email address.