Google Buzz: Not Here To Compete

Monday, February 22, 2010

When rumors of a new Google feature started, many Twitter and Facebook users felt it would be unnecessary and redundant.

Since Google Buzz arrived, feedback on the new feature has been split. Some Gmail users feel that Google Buzz is a convenient way to broadcast ideas and discoveries to other users. However, others feel that Buzz is a failed attempt by Google to compete with Facebook and Twitter.

According to Mashable, Google Executive Bradley Horowitz wants users to know that Google Buzz was not intended to be a rival to Facebook and Twitter. Buzz is intended to be a way of engagement with other Gmail users.

Google Buzz is different from Facebook and Twitter in the way that it allows users to truly discuss ideas and topics with each other, and not in 140 characters or less.

However, when compared against Facebook and Twitter in Mashable's reader poll, "Who would win in a fight, Google Buzz, Facebook, or Twitter?," it's hard not to feel like it is a competition.

Still, the public seems to have accepted Google Buzz among Twitter and Facebook, as a potential favorite way of online conversation. While still coming in third after Facebook and Twitter, Google Buzz received 1,298 votes out of a total 7,130. Whether Buzz is just a fad, or the new most popular social network in disguise, only time will be able to tell.


Julia Robinson February 23, 2010 at 10:22 AM  

I enjoyed your article, and was able to have a better understanding of it since it related to my previous blog about Google Buzz. I found it interesting that Google claims they're not trying to rival Facebook or Twitter, yet it's a very similar social tool - what did they expect? I can't say I'm disappointed to see Google Buzz loose in a poll against Facebook and Twitter. Honestly, Google is going a little overboard with all of it's new features.

Anonymous,  February 23, 2010 at 11:59 AM  

I feel as if google buzz is unnecessary. I already have Facebook and Twitter, and I think it is hard ebough keeping up with just the two of them. The internet doesn't need another way to tell others what you are doing. I believe two is already more than enough.

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