I was talking with a friend the other day and saying that Google was missing out on the SNS boom that Sites like Facebook and Twitter have caught onto. Google has been the starting point for many people when they search for something on the Internet, but with Facebook gaining users by the millions and Twitter moving up quick, it appeared that people’s attention was being diverted from searching the main Internet to just searching within their own community group.
YouTube is slowly evolving into a social network itself by improving its profile and groups pages. I thought that maybe Google would try and grow using their YouTube channel, but was surprised to hear they were going full scale with their SNS efforts by building it into Gmail.
The idea of using email to be the center of the Social Network is a risky one, as many users might feel their inbox is getting invading by unnecessary messages. Some other users have already cut back on their use of email to a certain extent and instead are using other forms of communication such as Twitter and Facebook.
Here is Google’s intro to Buzz explaining the service benefits.
I have not been using email as much as I use to, but instead have started to spend more time using Twitter and also interacting with users here on shibuya246. In order to use buzz I actually had to sign up for a gmail account in addition to the other email accounts I already keep track of for incoming mail.
The up-side of Google basing their service around the mail platform is that they already have millions of current users. They don’t have to start from nothing like Twitter did and this should help them catch up faster.
Once they integrate the much awaited Google Wave project to this as well, Facebook and Twitter may have something to think about. We have already seen Facebook buy out FreindFeed and have to assume they are busy writing the next version of Facebook with new features and a better user interface.
If you want to find me on the web there are a number of ways you can follow me. The first one, of course is to follow me on this Site, shibuya246. You can now sign in using your Twitter account which makes it easier for commenting. In addition you can follow me at these Sites:
and now we can add Google Buzz to the list, where you can find shibuya246 at Google Buzz
It will be interesting to see how Google goes with this project. They have introduced SNS type projects before, one such idea was Google Friend Connect. With gmail so central to the Google service platform maybe Buzz will have more success.
I wonder what Microsoft is thinking after their launch of Bing has now quietened down, and will Apple be content being the pioneers of new hardware these days as much as software, or will they also want to get a piece of the social networking pie?
What are your views on Buzz, Facebook and Twitter? Can they all compliment each other, or will we see some buy-outs and amalgamations?