We note in passing that Google has launched Google Buzz, another front in its assault on Facebook and Twitter. Google Buzz is currently being rolled out globally, and these are what Google considers its key features:
- No setup needed
Automatically follow the people you email and chat with the most in Gmail.
- Share publicly or privately
Publish your ideas to the world or just to your closest friends.
- Inbox integration
Comments get sent right to your inbox so it’s easy to keep the conversation going.
- Photo friendly
See thumbnails with each post, and browse full-screen photos from popular sites.
- Connect sites you already use
Import your stuff from Twitter, Picasa, Flickr, and Google Reader.
- See updates in real time
New posts and comments pop in as they happen. No refresh required.
- Just the good stuff
Buzz recommends interesting posts and weeds out ones you’re likely to skip.
- Buzz from your phone
See buzz around you and tag posts with your location.
We’re assuming Google Buzz must be good — both Microsoft and Yahoo have already lashed out at the offering.
If you want a helicopter overview of Google Buzz, watch the video: