Google has launched Google Buzz, a new service that brings a social networking element to Gmail. A mobile version has also been introduced that lets users post comments about where they are and what they are doing.
Buzz is a service like Facebook or MySpace, but has been integrated into many of Google’s other services. Anyone who is a Gmail user is already signed up for Buzz, and is “following” the people they send e-mails to the most.
The mobile version of this web app emphasizes location. Thanks to the GPS units that are built into virtually all smartphones these days, a user opening Buzz is given a list of stores and restaurants near their location, and asked if that’s where they are, and if they want to post a comment about it for their friends to read.
Multiple Access Options
As mentioned earlier, Google has integrated this service into a wide array of its services.
Probably the one most people will see first is a new Buzz icon at the top of the Google search page where new posts can be made.
In addition, the website buzz.google.com gives iPhone or Android OS users access to view and create messages. It has two different views: the ‘Following’ view shows posts from friends, while the ‘Nearby’ view shows public buzz that has been tagged with a nearby location.
This service has also been integrated into Google Maps for mobile.
Google has put together a short video that demonstrates the features of Google Buzz for mobile:
The Buzz mobile website is currently available for Android OS 2.0+ and iPhone, but Google promises it is working to bring it to other platforms.
The Buzz layer on Google Maps for mobile is available on Android OS 1.6+, Windows Mobile, Symbian OS, and iPhone (as web maps).