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Updated on January 31, 2013

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Google Buzz

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Google Buzz

Google is trying its hand once again at Social Networking with their newest product called Buzz. It is also known as Google Buzz and Gmail Buzz. The plan is for it to compete against Facebook and Twitter. Thats a tall order, but in its first day Google has managed to create a ton of Buzz about Buzz. About 9 hours after the anouncement and it was #7 on Twitter's top trending topics worldwide. 21 hours later and its moved up to #2. Pretty impressive.

Buzz is already live today for some users, but not for me yet. Once live It will work from within your Gmail account. But stay tuned because I will tell you how to use it even if its not yet enabled in your Gmail. How sweet is that?

Google Buzz will be partially integrated with Twitter, meaning you can send Tweets to Twitter, but not the other way around, at least not yet. It will also work with Flickr and Picasa. For now Facebook integration is a big check mark on the to do list. Why would Facebook actually help Google to compete against them?

Once Google activates Buzz within your Gmail account you will see a new Buzz icon just below your inbox. What is cool is that this uses your preexisting contact list in Gmail.This will work like Twitter, anyone may follow you, unless you manually block them. Your Google profile will need to be public for you to be able to use Buzz, otherwise you can create a new profile.

One way Buzz is different from Twitter is that your not limited to only 140 characters. You are free to post very long messages, it will auto show YouTube videos and quickly show pictures. Your Buzzes can be either made public for anyone to see, or private.

While using what was probably one of the first public Buzz post the first day Buzz was released I noticed when you mouse over a persons name you get a little popup window that highlights their Google profile. Within this window you see: their profile picture, where they are from, status, about the first 10 links from their profile and a link to view their full profile. Clicking their name takes you to a page with a Follow button. Feel free to follow me on my Blaaam Profile page.


Bee Buzzing

Catch the Buzz
Catch the Buzz

Royalty Free Image Credit: Honey Bee & Flower

How To Use Google Buzz Now!

Ok here is how to use Buzz before its enabled in your Gmail account. First you will need to have a Gmail account with a profile that is public. If you don't have either one already go do that first. Register for a Gmail account. Next you will need to have Safari Browser installed. If you don't have it yet go download Safari.

Now you will need to make a few minor changes to your Safari setup to fool Buzz into thinking your using a mobile phone. Don't worry this is as simple as stealing honey from a bee.

Click the gear icon top right corner of Safari. Then "Preferences". Then in the new window that pops up click on the "Advanced" tab. Next you will "Check" near the bottom where it says "Show Develop menu in menu bar." Now close the "Preferences" window. You will now see in the menu bar up top a "Develop" section, click that. Now click "User Agent" and finally either "Mobile Safari 3.1.2 - iPod Touch" Or "Mobile Safari 3.1.2 - iPod iPhone"

From now on Buzz will be tricked into thinking your using a mobile device and it will work for you untill you get it in your Gmail account which may be days away.

I have created a new Buzz post that you can try out to get you feet wet. HubPages.com Google Buzz Post. You will need to access the Buzz post I made from Safari or a regular Buzz account.

Feel free to ask any question you may have below in the comments section. Especially if you have trouble setting up Safari to work with Google Buzz. I only speak English though. Your welcome to leave your thoughts and opinions about Buzz too.

See you in Google Buzz!

Minor Update: Initially Google Buzz had serious privacy implications due to its opt-out rather than the standard opt-in policy. This has been corrected recently. Kudos to Google for listening to user concerns and acting swiftly to rectify the problems.

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By Anthony Goodley ©Anthony Goodley 2010 All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

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    • adorababy profile image

      adorababy 

      8 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      I say that Google being the super web power that it is can make things happen in a snap of the fingertips. They have so much influence in the internet users that they can actually achieve this tall order in no time.

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      Internetwriter62 

      8 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      I really like Google Buzz, I'm trying to use it as a promotion tool, thanks for the great advice, by the way I don't think it's outdated. Pretty hot stuff actually.

    • MyWebs profile imageAUTHOR

      Anthony Goodley 

      8 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Thanks Internetwriter62. I really feel like I have much better hubs than this one, but I do appreciate the award. This hub was already outdated when nominated.

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      Internetwriter62 

      8 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Excellent Hub MyWebs, I think I'm going to use Google Buzz to do a little much needed hub promotion. Very informative. Definitely deserved the hub nugget award.

    • MyWebs profile imageAUTHOR

      Anthony Goodley 

      8 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      I agree Carlos. Google Wave was better than Buzz and it didn't take off.

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      CarlosSardi 

      8 years ago

      Buzz is cool and all, but Google will have to do better if they want to beat facebook and twitter. Great article!

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      Anthony Goodley 

      8 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      @shazwellyn Google has tried before and failed so this is a wait and see still. My expectations for Google to create something great are rather high and so far they haven't delivered it yet. Considering how they have the best of the best programmers you would think they would have come up with the next killer app already.

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      shazwellyn 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks for hubbing this. Im not sure that I want to be dragged into another social networking site. I suppose I will if I have to, but there are lots out there. I dare say the power of google will make this a popular outlet .... I just dont know. I think I will make a mental note and suck it to see.

      Great information though! x

    • MyWebs profile imageAUTHOR

      Anthony Goodley 

      8 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Thank You Duchess OBlunt, you are too kind. I really doubt I'm half as good as many here. But I do try hard to make up for my weaknesses.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      8 years ago

      Great article MyWebs, and congratulations on the hubnugget nomination! You are among some of the very best!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Yaaayy this is great fun! MyWebs, please visit the link I posted above and also if you have any questions regarding the Hubnuggets, I'll try my best to answer them. Vote and promote okay? :)

    • MyWebs profile imageAUTHOR

      Anthony Goodley 

      8 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Thank You for letting me know ripplemaker, I had no idea. I am honored to have been nominated. :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      This is the Hubnuggets Buzz congratulating you for your Hubnuggets Nomination! LOL Wow, yes, I've seen the google buzz but haven't really checked into it yet. This is cool. Anyhow, to visit the Hubnuggets, do follow this link please: http://hubpages.com/hubnuggets10/hub/hubnuggets-th...

      Be sure to buzz your friends to vote for your hub! :)

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      Anthony Goodley 

      8 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      Thanks babyching and Ann Nonymous

      @K Partin Yes Buzz does have some privacy issues and I decided last night I was going to have to update this hub about those problems. I had hoped Google would quickly fix them. Guess not.

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      K Partin 

      8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Hey welcome to HP. This was a good hub, very informative. I've been a long time fan of Google, and their G-mail. But with Buzz not to sure yet. They had allot of privacy issues and still may have some. I think time will tell if it will compete with FB. If they promote it well and get the bugs out of buzz, you never know. Thanks K.

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      Ann Nonymous 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub and so glad you posted it because I have not heard about it. Or if I did, the buzz was too low. I finally got used to Facebook, and am still learning everything here which is no chore as I love HP, so I must say no thanks to Google Buzz even if you did an outstanding job representing it, MyWebs! I’d like to think I can multitask but not when it comes to social networks!!!!

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      babyching 

      8 years ago from Beijing, China

      Good introduction to Google Buzz. I didn't realize that Google made a tutorial video so thanks for sharing that. I know it's integrated with Twitter, but I think Google Buzz will eventually kill it.

      https://hubpages.com/technology/Twitter-Is-Dead-Go...

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