The social media world has erupted with buzz (pardon the pun) about Google’s newest launch - Google Buzz. The new social network is integrated directly with Gmail and allows you to take all of your personal web feeds and create a single stream. Buzz also includes a Foursquare – esq function where you can make updates based on your location and receive tips and reviews based from other Google Buzzers. The overall effect is that every photo, blog post, video, status update etc can all be found in one place where other Google users can view it and comment on it.
So is Google Buzz a game changer? Some are saying this could be the next big social network, but I just don’t see it. I went in and played with mine, and I am not convinced as to why I need this when I am already perfectly comfortable using my existing networks. Furthermore, not everyone I want to connect with has Gmail, making it impossible for this to ever become my preferred social network.
However, within 56 hours of their launch, Google Buzz already had more than 9 million posts and comments. Plus, with 38 million Gmail users automatically hooked up, there is a tremendous potential for growth.
The real question is, will Google Buzz last? Google Wave made a huge splash when it came on the scene, but was dismissed as too complex within mere weeks. Mashable recently conducted a poll asking their readers which they preferred: Facebook, Twitter or Google Buzz. With more than 6,500 votes, Facebook was the clear leader, receiving 47 % of the votes. 26% of the votes went to Twitter, and only 18% went to Google Buzz.
So what do you think? Is Google Buzz going to be the next it thing? Are you using Google Buzz? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.