Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Google Watch - Google Buzz - Twitter Outages, Second Look Could Push People to Google Buzz

Perhaps a bit of wishful thinking on the part of Buzz fans, but if Twitter keeps pulling a Friendster (as in having crash and/or performance problems that frustrate users) and lagging Buzz in terms of mobile features, there could be a big shift

Blogger Robert Scoble is shilling for Google Buzz, that once forgotten but now found social conversation service Google launched in February.

Buzz was launched fully baked. But yet not. There was no beta tag, but the service was woefully bereft of functionality. Users could use it to post links, videos and photos, but finding and consuming content was a pain from its inception.

Oh and Google exposed users' Gmail contacts -- Google's version of the "social graph" for all to see.

But as Scoble and others pointed out, Google engineers bent over backwards to mitigate the privacy concerns and pad the application with a lot more functionality.

Google Watch - Google Buzz - Twitter Outages, Second Look Could Push People to Google Buzz

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