Wednesday, September 29, 2010

What Google learned from its Buzz 'stumble' - Sep. 28, 2010 [CNN Money]

Coincidentally, Google Buzz has gone almost completely quiet for me over the last several days

Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) launched its Buzz messaging tool in February, and suffered an immediate backlash from users upset about the feature's slipshod privacy tools. Google quickly tweaked some of the settings, but Buzz hasn't caught on in the crowded social-media field; it's a "me too" effort with few distinguishing features.

The article concludes with another Eric Schmidt moment of Zen:

The Google CEO managed to turn a few heads when he sketched a utopian vision of all the ways technology can improve lives by handling the tasks machines are better at than humans. Scoot over, auto fans -- Schmidt thinks computers would do a better job behind the wheel than distractible, accident-prone humans.

"Your car should drive itself. It just makes sense," Schmidt said. "It's a bug that cars were invented before computers."

What Google learned from its Buzz 'stumble' - Sep. 28, 2010

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