***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** I think it's too simple to compare it only to twitter. It imbricates the most popular google apps (picasa, reader, youtube, blogspot, etc.) and some others like twitter of flickr (and there is no word restriction). For example, sharing blog articles is nowhere as easy as using google reader via buzz, in my opinion (I'm currently not using twitter and facebook to share links anymore).

The potential is huge, with more than 100 million users. Hence I'm looking foward to discovering if people or groups of people will move to this (better I think) service and how and who and where and when and how fast. Having a map of the buzz evolution would give a lot of informations about habits of internet users (and I'm certain google have some guys studying that).

And I'm wondering if the fact that buzz is part of gmail is a good or a bad point. Maybe people not owning any gmail account won't want another email account. Any prediction ?


Yannick



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2010/2/15 Alvin Chin <[log in to unmask]>
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Alvin



On Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 11:15 PM, Barry Wellman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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I'm surprised that there's been no discussion on this list about Google
Buzz. It's social networking, whether you like it or not. Really
scary. Lots of buzz on Twitter.


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