“What’s Buzz, Tell Me What’s a Happening, What’s The Buzz” – Sorry, that is actually a line from the “Jesus Christ Superstar” original cast soundtrack and the line just came to mind when I realized I was adding some thoughts about Google Buzz to this serialized overview of the Social Networking mediums and how we apply them to the PiercingMetal adventures. So what is it exactly? Well, its defined as a Social Networking and Communication medium and similar to how Twitter works, you “Follow” those who you have some interest in. The difference is that you seem to be able to reply to their “Buzzes” a little differently that you would a Tweet. You can also continue someone’s buzz by sharing or emailing it. This works within your Gmail.com account which I think at this point almost everyone in the world has. Some people love it, and some do not. For me it has worked out and I have used it since it launched in February 2010. Right now it is connected to my personal Gmail.com account and I have set it up to share my Twitter postings and blogs.
I also added Google Buzz to my “PiercingMetalNYC” Gmail account for good measure as that email is a little less private, so anyone who has an interest in Following me may easily do so from there. Bear in mind that it is also connected to my Twitter account which will take those posts and show them in the Buzz feed. I do NOT generally type in new thoughts to the Buzz but love that it extends the Tweets to those users who might not have a Twitter account and instead only check their Gmail.com resources. For what I intended to use it for it has done the trick. Perhaps it will work for you as well. You can also read more about Google Buzz by clicking its Wikipedia entry HERE.
IMPORTANT NEWS (12/1/2011): I’ve been receiving the notification that Google Buzz was going away within the coming weeks for the last few weeks so I am not sure when the exact D-Day is for their experiment. In my humble opinion they should have worked it better into their Google+ accounts and pages since those are growing rapidly each day. My view is that this could have worked much like Twitter does in terms of its communication with Facebook Profiles and Pages. I’ve connected mine to the Official PiercingMetal.com Page and loved how it saved me a step. Anyway, since my Google Buzz repeated my Tweets to those who followed my posts I will miss it, but I do encourage site supporters to “Follow” the Official PiercingMetal Google+ Page now to keep up with the happenings.
Goodbye Google Buzz. We hardly knew ye.