Google Buzz to take on Facebook

Posted Feb. 9, 2010 at 2:45 p.m.

buzz22.jpgGoogle Buzz screen shot. (AP/Google)

Associated Press | Google is making it easier to socialize on
its e-mail service. It’s unveiling a new “Google Buzz” feature that
sets up a face-off with Facebook.

The feature unveiled Tuesday will enable Gmail users to create status
updates on Google Buzz and read and comment on the updates posted by
their friends.

Other tools turn Gmail into a showcase for sharing video, pictures and Web links to interesting stories, just as users can on Facebook and Twitter.

Gmail’s new twists are a direct response to Facebook’s rapid rise since it started six years ago.

Facebook now has more than 400 million worldwide users, many of whom post information that can’t be indexed by Google’s search engine. Facebook’s large audience also threatens to siphon away some of Google’s advertising sales.



  1. Rob Feb. 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Actually, Yahoo has already been doing this!! Duh…..

  2. Anthony C Feb. 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Doomed to fail. The word “buzz” is already awkwardly out of date. Corporations are using it.

  3. Hacker Feb. 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Yes!! I am glad Google is doing this! I am so tired of the word, “buzz,” and now it will be relegated to the pile of mundane words no one uses any more. Nice!

  4. Edgewater Feb. 9, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    If “Buzz” is anywhere near as counterintuitive and overrated as GMail, then it will probably not yield much success.

  5. jane Feb. 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Doesn’t msn have something like this too with their hi5 and all their other chat/boards/etc?

  6. 44Skate Feb. 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Now Google will be able to index people’s words through Buzz? No thanks…I don’t want the world to know how good a weekend I had or a great restaurant I just dined at.

  7. Danny McCoy Feb. 9, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Will this be as successful as Google Wave? I’m getting tired of Google’s half-baked apps.

  8. justme Feb. 9, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Windows Live did that too. BUT I still use facebook. The networking associated with your email limits you, facebook doesn’t. My friends and family don’t all have the same email provider, so it doesn’t work, and who wants to spend time updating all you different networking sites??? A loser maybe.

  9. Eaton Misterrs Feb. 9, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    I still don’t understand how they make any money – or how they can afford to spread themselves so thinly into so many areas. What I DO know is that I’m tired of hearing about them. Whatever became of that WiKi Search Engine that we were promised?

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  12. Doug Feb. 10, 2010 at 8:41 a.m.

    Google should not waste their time. Facebook is fine. Millions of people use it…no one is going to want to manage 2 sites or drop their Facebook account and then re-start a new Google Buzz account and wait for people to migrate over (if ever).
    MSN Live does something similar….Live Places…I don’t really use it for social networking. I use it because I can set it up to pull in news content that I am interested in. Plus there is an App where I can see my friend’s updates from their Facebook account.

  13. Fletcher Feb. 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Major invasion of privacy off the bat. At least wait a while and then change things when users aren’t looking like Facebook does.

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