Gmail gets a Buzz


Google certainly seems to be expanding its already vast computing territory, this time round with the introduction of Google Buzz. What’s new and great about it? Google’s rivals, Microsoft and Yahoo! have already dissed it, saying they’ve been there, done that. Newsflash, people – Palm might claim the same thing about an all-in-one smartphone in the form of their Treo line, but guess who won in the end? Same can be applied here in some sense, as the Google Buzz service is rolled out slowly but surely to Gmail accounts worldwide without a single cent. Just what is Google Buzz all about? Head on after the jump for more details.

Gmail is no longer limited to just its email function, as chat and video chat were nice little additions in the past few years to provide even more options when it comes to communicating from a single browser window. With the social networking craze coming along pretty nicely, communication on the Web has evolved to go beyond email and chat, where sharing photos of your recent holiday escapades have become the norm, not to mention even a night out in a fancy restaurant. Google Buzz adds yet another layer of icing on the cake, where it offers a new way to start conversations about the things you find interesting and share updates, photos, videos and more. Since Buzz is built right into Gmail, you won’t need to install or set up anything – it is good to go automatically. Don’t be disappointed if you can’t find Buzz on your Gmail just yet, it takes some time to roll out, but it will be there eventually.

Apart from that, you can also opt to share publicly with the world or privately to a small group of friends each time you post. All replies will also be sent to you in real-time, so you can always keep in touch and be up-to-date at all times. Hooking up to other sites like Picasa, Flickr, Google Reader and Twitter is also a breeze, making sure you’re always connected. If you can’t sit in front of your PC all day long, there is always a mobile phone version. Have you tried out Google Buzz yet, and how do you find it?

One review or comment

Adrienne Says: February 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I’ve tried it out because yesterday it just popped up on my screen. I must say that I’m liking it so far, I just wish it had a few other features that I think are lacking.
Webcam streaming, a “currently listening to” bit of info, that it didn’t email me everytime someone commented on something i did but instead showed me once i got into the Buzz part, etc.

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