Yesterday I received a notice about Google releasing Buzz. So I followed the link to … my Gmail account. Huh? Strike One. After going back to the release notice, I finally found a statement that said something like, “Oh yeah – you might not have it yet.”

Still nothing this morning when I checked it again. Then about 9:30 I went to check my Gmail and there it was (and my Gmail wasn’t). So I started playing with it. I could see my normal gmail ‘friends’ and had the option to add some others. Whoopee. I sent a note to Greg as one of my ‘friends’ to see if he was there. He didn’t have it yet (even though he showed on my network). Strike Two.

Although another friend of mine must have also got their Buzz going and commented on my post/message to Greg. This got me checking. By default anything you post is public. Strike Three. So I called Greg and we further explored Buzz as he had made it in. To make something private to him I had to create a ‘group’ and add his name to it. Like I’m going to do that for everyone or every group. Strike Three.

My first post/comment was “Looks like a dumbed-down Wave.” Just like Wave the message threads become very long, which is good for collaboration. However they don’t collapse, so all I can see is the thread I’m in. Strike Four.

Then I went back to Gmail. For every Buzz ‘comment’ I get an email. Back to Buzz to see how I can turn this off. No Buzz settings option found. Strike Five.

Then I looked for a way to add Buzz as a gadget in iGoogle. There are some Buzz Gadgets. Of course, not Google Buzz. Strike Six.

Ten minutes into Buzz and we have two batters out and no desire to send another to the plate. After chatting with Greg, we can’t see why anyone would switch over from everything else they use for social networking that works and start using this.

Judgment. A definite Social Media Buzzkill.

  • One more 'issue' I uncovered while Buzzing… as I added people to follow, I went into my Google Reader and noticed that they are now included in there!! Don't get me wrong… I love all of you, but I really want to be selective in the people I include in my RSS reader!

  • I'm just puzzled as to how people get added to this thing. I have several random folks that seem to come from my Google Wave account, but I can't figure it out. It definitely isn't "easy." I just don't know why anyone would want to have to spend time to learn this tool.

  • Yes, I saw this and said, what? Sorry, I don't need this Buzz – already have too much to keep up with and like to keep SOME privacy.Don't think I will be using it.

  • I had the same experience you did, even looked for an iGoogle app to no avail, and though I'll keep an eye on it I have enough trouble keeping up with Facebook's changes! That said, there is a nice detailed review in PCMag at

  • Buzz showed up in my Gmail this morning, and while I did check it out, I just didn't see anything compelling about for all of Greg's reasons previously stated. It's amazing how lame it is compared to the official PR releases touting the app as a "Facebook killer." The only way it will kill FB is if founder Zuckerberg shoots himself in the head and does something completely ridiculous that ticks off everyone and his dog who has a profile. Like say, crawling into bed with the NSA like Google just did under the guise of needing their help to stop Chinese hackers.

  • Buzz showed up in my inbox this morning, but I didn't receive any false starts beforehand. I gave it cursory glance, but didn't see any compelling to use it. It's amazing how all the PR releases touted Buzz as the "Facebook killer." The only way Buzz would ever kill FB is if founder Zuckerberg did something so completely and utterly astonishingly ridiculous, that it would tick off the majority of users, like say what Google just did by climbing into bed with the NSA under the guise of needing help to fight off Chinese hackers.