Google Buzz – a fad or another way to connect?
I have to admit when Google Buzz hit the scenes a few weeks ago I was kind of Social Media’d out. Don’t get me wrong I love social media, it’s a great way to connect with family, lost friends and meet new people that share your passion. I love connecting with other photographers on Twitter and use Facebook a lot to keep in touch with my friends and clients. But those two keep me busy enough and when Google Buzz came out I dismissed it mainly because I didn’t have time to check a third site every day.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Google Buzz yet its Google’s entry into the social media field and similar to Twitter in a few ways. You can follow people and post what you are doing (with photos also) but one of the main differences that I actually do like is people can comment on your status to open up a conversation. To me this is better than Twitters @reply system so people can actually get good conversations going.
A few downsides so far for me are there isn’t any searching like Twitter has. I can’t search photography and see what others are talking about in the photo world. For me the fact that it’s built into Gmail is a downer also, I don’t use Gmail that much and prefer having it as a stand along service that you can access from other devices. Twitter for me is so much more useful because I can access it on my iPhone with some great apps (I love Tweetie!). So whenever I have a few minutes free I pop open my iPhone and check in on the twitterverse (or facebook). Having it accessed through Gmail will make me a little less likely to use it often.
Since it’s new I am still checking it out and haven’t made up my mind if this will be useful or not. If you want to start up a conversation on Buzz check me out at Mark.Stagi.
What do you think about Buzz? Love it or hate it? Leave a comment below.