Okay, I know what you are thinking. Just when you thought you were finally getting your head around all these social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, you are now hit with the a new tool in the online arena:
Google Buzz. For those of you, who use Gmail, you will already noticed
Google Buzz appearing on your screen.
It’s that little Google coloured talk bubble..
What’s Buzz about?
Google Buzz is very similar to Facebook, except it offers a few more cool features. You can share photos quickly via Picasa and view them in a full screen width, You can get all your tweets on Buzz. Unlike Facebook, you can pick and choose who you want to share your content with. There is ‘Recommended Buzz’, which also auto-learns over time based on your choices. The great thing is that you don’t have to open a new site, Google Buzz is nicely integrated with the Gmail service.
It’s also easily usable on iPhone or any Android operating system phone such as Google’s nexus one. If you prefer to disclose your location, it finds your location via GPS and displays the possible places you could be at, for you to choose and select. Best part is, you don’t have to type the post. You can simply use the Google Voice feature to make your life easy. You can take a snapshot of whatever you may want to share and just upload it on your post with a click of a button. It’s simple and it’s fast. And according to Google, this is just the start. We are going to see, more and better features on Buzz in the future.
Buzz for business
According to Google, they will ‘soon’ launch a Buzz for Enterprise version. They themselves have been using it internally within their company. I think it could be a great tool for SMEs and obviously large corporations with hundreds and thousands of employees. If used responsibly, I think it will be a great tool for many enterprises, organisations, universities and other education bodies. Imagine a Facebook for B2B in Canberra. Now, that would be interesting!
Although it’s all exciting; the entire online social arena still seems to be in a big mess right now. Users just don’t know where to turn and who to choose. As for me, I am not sure if I am ready to switch fully to Buzz yet, Facebook is still gonna be a part of my life for some time. It’s likely to be a transition over time.