My Buzz on Google Buzz

I am not a huge fan of e-mail.

E-mail is where I do work. E-mail causes me stress.

If I have e-mail open, I am not in the MOOD to be social.

I don’t want to try any products in my E-mail program that do not help me find past emails faster or organize my conversation in the email in a more logical way.

From what I have read, there is no MUST reason to try Buzz ( $goog ). Here is Fred and here is Umair on the subject of Buzz.

That does not mean it can’t be great. It has an open API and so does Stocktwits so for people that love it for talking stocks and markets, I understand we/you need to be there. I just won’t.

25 comments

  1. LScott says:

    I have the same attitude towards e mail….it’s almost all work related… therefore Buzz to me is just a distraction/annoyance that takes away my focus on what I NEED to get done to get outta e mail and move on… twitter is my social ground.

  2. A. Seg says:

    My attitude is exactly the opposite. My email is where I spend a lot of my time and till now, going to the other social tools to share some of the stuff I wanted to share was too distracting. Buzz solved that for me.
    For me, it fills this gap between social and professional that was always there.

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  4. LScott says:

    I have the same attitude towards e mail….it's almost all work related… therefore Buzz to me is just a distraction/annoyance that takes away my focus on what I NEED to get done to get outta e mail and move on… twitter is my social ground.

  5. A. Seg says:

    My attitude is exactly the opposite. My email is where I spend a lot of my time and till now, going to the other social tools to share some of the stuff I wanted to share was too distracting. Buzz solved that for me.
    For me, it fills this gap between social and professional that was always there.

  6. Mark Essel says:

    no rush, I jumped into wave too soon.
    Wave was a bit of a let down (slow, kinda petered out), but worth it for a couple of reasons:
    1) bumped into Tyler the tech meistro that got me cooking in rails on VM
    2) I saw how potent open collaborative web content could be, I'd go away for a week and come back to a completely changed animal from the way I left it. Groovy organic grown web content, just needs some help shaping/directing. My favorite wave had 1500+ people and ~30k views, but crapped out because the tech wasn't ready.

  7. Mark Essel says:

    Solid perspective. And the sentiment is shared by many, otherwise Buzz would go nuclear (good) with the amount of network information.

    For me gmail is my central information channel. I have 14 different labels for my proto-startup broken down by category and about 100 other labels where information is automagically funnelled for later targeted handling.
    Buzz fits into my usage well (auto marked as read, filtered under a label) but I understand why many didn’t like or appreciate the automatic follow aspect.

    Although I’m worried about Google eating my lunch, I’ve decided I can get more out of their tool then they’ll leverage on my specific problem. They have an easy to leverage API, and nice integration in and out of twitter (thanks DeWitt). How many smaller hosts really enjoy adsense? It blows. The split is way too biased in favor of the network and we don’t even know what that cut is. It’s all smoke and mirrors. A much more transparent and heavier host split for personalized ads WILL kick some market butt. We’re at 90% to the end user now, and will only lower that split if we need to (semantic API costs force us to – using and contrasting Zemanta/Orchestr8/Open Calais now).

      • Mark Essel says:

        no rush, I jumped into wave too soon.
        Gwave was a bit of a let down (slow, kinda petered out), but worth it for a couple of reasons:
        1) bumped into Tyler the tech meistro that got me cooking in rails on VM
        2) I saw how potent open collaborative web content could be, I’d go away for a week and come back to a completely changed animal from the way I left it. Groovy organic grown web content, just needs some help shaping/directing. My favorite wave had 1500+ people and ~30k views, but crapped out because the tech wasn’t ready.

  8. Mark Essel says:

    Solid perspective. And the sentiment is shared by many, otherwise Buzz would go nuclear (good) with the amount of network information.

    For me gmail is my central information channel. I have 14 different labels for my proto-startup broken down by category and about 100 other labels where information is automagically funnelled for later targeted handling.
    Buzz fits into my usage well (auto marked as read, filtered under a label) but I understand why many didn't like or appreciate the automatic follow aspect.

    Although I'm worried about Google eating my lunch, I've decided I can get more out of their tool then they'll leverage on my specific problem. They have an easy to leverage API, and nice integration in and out of twitter (thanks DeWitt). How many smaller hosts really enjoy adsense? It blows. The split is way too biased in favor of the network and we don't even know what that cut is. It's all smoke and mirrors. A much more transparent and heavier host split for personalized ads WILL kick some market butt.

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  11. The current implementation is kind of confusing. And if you follow the wrong people it can quickly become so chatty that it’s unusable. I heard that Google has second thoughts about attaching it to Gmail and may separate the two.

    The other thing is that Buzz is destined to be deprecated when Google finally releases Google Wave, which is like buzz, but fully collaborative and in real time.

  12. The current implementation is kind of confusing. And if you follow the wrong people it can quickly become so chatty that it's unusable. I heard that Google has second thoughts about attaching it to Gmail and may separate the two.

    The other thing is that Buzz is destined to be deprecated when Google finally releases Google Wave, which is like buzz, but fully collaborative and in real time.

  13. jg says:

    H.L. I am a big fan i even named one of your shows back in the day but about this I think that you are wrong. Howard you need to get a second e-mail account and use it just for google buzz if your problem is that you get stressed out by your e-mail. You have said yourself that the problem with stocktwits is that you cant monitotize 40 characters. Google Buzz is your solution.

  14. jg says:

    H.L. I am a big fan i even named one of your shows back in the day but about this I think that you are wrong. Howard you need to get a second e-mail account and use it just for google buzz if your problem is that you get stressed out by your e-mail. You have said yourself that the problem with stocktwits is that you cant monitotize 40 characters. Google Buzz is your solution.

  15. jg says:

    H.L. I am a big fan i even named one of your shows back in the day but about this I think that you are wrong. Howard you need to get a second e-mail account and use it just for google buzz if your problem is that you get stressed out by your e-mail. You have said yourself that the problem with stocktwits is that you cant monitotize 40 characters. Google Buzz is your solution.

  16. jg says:

    H.L. I am a big fan i even named one of your shows back in the day but about this I think that you are wrong. Howard you need to get a second e-mail account and use it just for google buzz if your problem is that you get stressed out by your e-mail. You have said yourself that the problem with stocktwits is that you cant monitotize 40 characters. Google Buzz is your solution.

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