Hiawatha Bray on Buzz
And you should see how well Buzz works with Apple’s iPhone. Buzz uses the phone’s GPS system to identify your location and share it with other Buzzers, if you wish. Buzz from a favorite restaurant or retail store, or check out someone else’s buzz. Up pops a map, customer reviews, and other pages related to the location. Facebook has nothing like this.
Still, Google crushed once-mighty Internet search rivals like Alta Vista and Yahoo because its product was far superior. Its social-networking service is good enough to survive and maybe even to thrive, but not good enough to conquer. Put it this way: Buzz may not be another Orkut, but it’s certainly not another Google.