Despite their stronghold in the world of email, mapping, photo-sharing, etc., Google has decided to up the ante and delve into the craze that is social-networking. Enter Google Buzz. Rather than operating as a stand-alone website, Buzz is streamlined into Gmail’s web interface. Status updates, Picasa albums, Google Reader pages, and links to sites like Twitter and Flickr are streamed (or “buzzed”) to selected contacts in real-time. Think of it as a marriage between Twitter and Facebook, built directly into the Gmail interface. Could Google Buzz be a hit or are the folks from Mountain View a little late to the party? Will you try it?
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