Follow Me On Google Buzz

I decided to turn on Google Buzz today to see what all the buzz was about. So far, it’s been quite a pleasant experience. I can see real potential in the product. There are some bugs in it but I’m sure Google will iron them out in the coming days and weeks.

I like Google Buzz enough to set up my Buzz page. I didn’t like the URL Google gave me so I created my own using the Ninja Affiliate WordPress plugin. If you’re on Google Buzz then please follow me.

So far, I’ve set up my Buzz to stream my blog, YouTube, Flickr and Twitter feeds. However, the Flickr and Twitter streams don’t seem to be working at this time. I’m sure they’ll be fixed soon. Have you tried Google Buzz yet? What’s your impression so far?

What Is Google Buzz?

John Chow on Google Buzz

Google Buzz is a new way to start conversations about the things you find interesting. It’s built right into Gmail, so you don’t have to peck out an entirely new set of friends from scratch. If you think about it, there’s always been a big social network underlying Gmail. Buzz brings this network to the surface by automatically setting you up to follow the people you email and chat with the most.

Google focused on building an easy-to-use sharing experience that richly integrates photos, videos and links, and makes it easy to share publicly or privately (so you don’t have to use different tools to share with different audiences). Plus, Buzz integrates tightly with your existing Gmail inbox, so you’re sure to see the stuff that matters most as it happens in real time.

Google Buzz will be rolling out to all Gmail users in the next couple of days. To find out if you have it, just log out of your Gmail account and log back in. You should see a Buzz invite. If not, try again later. Every Gmail user will eventually get it.

Follow Me On Google Buzz


52 thoughts on “Follow Me On Google Buzz”

  1. I’m still not seeing the fuss with Google Buzz. Seems just like Twitter but annoyingly in your email account.

    1. Yes that is their main drawbacks.

      But may be they want to reach as many as people within a single night.

    2. chester says:

      I still don’t get it as well but I’m sure its pretty powerful and handy for some. I;m hooked on Google Wave and didn’t see what the fuss was about. Now I think it’s one of the best applications out there from Google.

    3. For people such as myself who have always used self hosted domains will find this rather useless and hard to start a following. I never really used Gmail until recently and have no contacts with it!

      1. John in this photo you are looking like as CEO of a big company.

        I know its hard to hide your teeths … lolzz

  2. You plan on adding a Google Buzz button on your blog John? I have mixed feelings with Buzz, not sure if I like it or not :/

    1. Well new things are coming up so you should grab them when they infant.

      So start using it instantly.

  3. A little better then Yahoo! Buzz up!.

  4. Michael Kwan says:

    I have it activated on my account too, but I’m not completely convinced yet. It’s closer in scope to Facebook than Twitter, and the import function isn’t quite working yet, but I can see how it could become popular over time. More popular than Wave, probably.

    If you’re interested, you can follow me on Buzz too.

    1. Diabetis says:

      A lot like FAcebook?

      Are you sure? It looks more like Twitter.

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        Three main things that make it more like Facebook than Twitter:

        1. The comments are threaded, relating back to specific updates.
        2. The ability to share pictures and videos embedded in the update itself (rather than as a link to somewhere else).
        3. The “Like” link for each status update.

  5. Google Buzz is bound to make an impression, if for nothing else but the fact that it bears the Google name and has the weight of their resources and marketing behind it. I expect this to create a big BUZZZZ!!!

    1. Diabetis says:

      You got it right!

    2. Mathew Day says:

      I agree, those folks over at Google know what they’re doing. 🙂

  6. S Ahsan says:

    There you go John, its like another twitter thing for me! dang!

    1. Whenever any one will use word FOLLOW we internet people will think about twitter only.

  7. Nice, I just added google buzz to. I just added you, might as well add me back! It will be interesting to see where this thing goes and if it gets to be main stream like twitter and facebook. Only time will tell.

    1. Diabetis says:

      I don’t think that I will beadding them soon especially because I am not that fond of thsoe social sites.

      1. I hear you, they take some getting use to but I think they grow on you. It gets more interesting as you get into it. For me Facebook started it off!

      2. That goes for me to, but unfortunately one has to try and keep abreast of the latest online developments, and having your name out there in the social media channels does much more good than harm, ultimately. Every little bit counts.

  8. Twitter is certainly changing and nice to see that they have forced google to bring new kind of service.

    They have launched live searches and now Google Buzz.

  9. After twitter these words are very common in internet –

    FOLLOW
    FOLLOWER
    FOLLOW ME

    In nutshell related with follow. 😀

  10. Diabetis says:

    So it works like twitter.

    1. There are some features like Twitter and some lite Facebook.

      1. These are the combination of both.

        And Google want to beat both Facebook and twitter,

  11. I also see big potential in Google Buzz — that’s why i try to optimizing it.

    1. Diabetis says:

      Will you write about it?

      1. I wrote about it. Not how to use it because every blog under the sun wrote about that. I wrote on my blog how you can get a clean vector of the buzz button so you can add it on your blog, like Facebook, Digg, and Retweet.

  12. Jacinta Dean says:

    Hi John,

    I have only just gotten used to facebook and twitter. Information overload. 🙁 However I can see the potential if it is anything like twitter.

    Thank you for sharing your opinion.

    Kind Regards

    Jacinta 😀

  13. fas says:

    Google is so smart, they are really on a roll.

    1. Diabetis says:

      Google is so greedy that they want to dominate everything.

  14. Linda says:

    I agree with Diabetis. Probably kicking themselves that they didn’t think of Twitter first!

  15. Mathew Day says:

    Thanks for the info, John.

    I figured it wouldn’t be long before Google got their piece of the pie with the whole “Social Media Craze” and they’ll probably eventually dominate it.

    1. Well Facebook is trying to get email capability, so I guess they’re going at it right now

  16. Shirley says:

    I think Google Buzz has great potential, John, and it’s gaining momentum at high speed among the internet community, and I think that’s really great because that is the dream or aim of every internet start up :).

  17. AdWooz says:

    Google buzzzzzz? Hm… rather then annoying thousands of emails. May be I’m wrong, but I think it’s worthless. At least now. But I keep Buzzing

  18. TERRI says:

    I asked if anyone knew how to use Buzz on Twitter and received zero answers, glad to read more about it here. Seems a little complicated to me. Thanks for sharing and clarifying it.

  19. Great. Google now has more data on you and your friends. No thanks, I’ll opt out of anything new Google comes up with.

  20. Scott Short says:

    It does seem kind of odd how all the social media sites seem to be the same thing really. Who dares variety?

    1. Google Buzz now, some new social media site later. It’s just the newest thing…big deal.

  21. I just read a very interesting article about the fact that Google Buzz has taken the liberty of automatically inviting everybody in your contacts, which has led to great unhappiness right across the globe, and mucho talk about invasion of privacy…….the Buzz is there all right 😉

  22. Thanks for sharing your early experiences. It will be really interesting to see how G Buzz catches on over the coming months.

  23. Added myself into Buzz.. Lets see how good it is.. 🙂

  24. Google Buzz is evil, come to think of it, Google is EVIL!

  25. ppc tips says:

    Most of the buzz has been about turning OFF Google Buzz. Glad you like it, though.

  26. cool interface…..john always does interesting stuff

  27. Kumar says:

    John, I really like the Follow me button. For some reason, my profile does not show the follow me button. I tried a lot and am not able to find out what the issue is. Any thoughts ? Here is my profile http://www.google.com/profiles/redbus2us

    1. John Chow says:

      You don’t see it on your profile because you can’t follow yourself. I can see the follow me button on your profile.

      1. Kumar says:

        Thanks for the reply John ! Thats cool that you can see it. In fact, I tried in different browsers of my computer without me being logged in, still I could not see it. I just tried couple things(logged in with my other google account) and figured out that you have to be logged in or be a Google buzz member to be able to see the Follow button.

  28. James Holmes says:

    John – I am usually not the first one in line, but I am an early adopter on Google Buzz and I am looking forward to see how this new social application changes the landscape. Google’s ability to integrate resources and create leverage by being able to distribute content across many platforms in one action is powerful.

    Do you think that Google Buzz will be the game changer in 2010 that Twitter was in 2009?

    Google wasn’t going to sit back and let Twitter gain mind share, especially as Twitter has become a source of relevant search of current events – there were many of examples of this last year.

    Thank you for your excellent post and the video!

    James

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