I decided to turn on Google Buzz today to see what all the buzz was about. So far, it’s been quite a pleasant experience. I can see real potential in the product. There are some bugs in it but I’m sure Google will iron them out in the coming days and weeks.
So far, I’ve set up my Buzz to stream my blog, YouTube, Flickr and Twitter feeds. However, the Flickr and Twitter streams don’t seem to be working at this time. I’m sure they’ll be fixed soon. Have you tried Google Buzz yet? What’s your impression so far?
What Is Google Buzz?
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. 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.
Google 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.
Google Buzz will be rolling out to all Gmail users in the next couple of days. To find out if you have it, just log out of your Gmail account and log back in. You should see a Buzz invite. If not, try again later. Every Gmail user will eventually get it.