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  • Aha! Google Buzz Is A Black Hole — Its Traffic Must Be Inferred

    Aha! Google Buzz Is A Black Hole — Its Traffic Must Be Inferred

    My bad — maybe. Earlier today, I reported that Google Buzz, Google’s new social sharing service, was sending less traffic than FriendFeed, a service which has been a ghost town in recent months. It turns out there’s probably a good explanation for this. You see, in January, Google started defaulting all Gmail traffic to the HTTPS (secure) version of its domain. Previously, it… Read More

  • Google Buzz Getting Smoked In The Sharing Race By A Dead Man

    Google Buzz Getting Smoked In The Sharing Race By A Dead Man

    In the 2000 elections, incumbent Republican Senator John Ashcroft was defeated by Governor Mel Carnahan in the race for one of Missouri’s U.S. Senate seats. The only problem? Carnahan was dead. I’m reminded of this while looking over the traffic logs for TechCrunch, because it appears that someone else is losing to a dead rival: Google Buzz. According to our data, in the past… Read More

  • With A New Widget, Google Further Turns Android Phones Into Buzz Machines

    With A New Widget, Google Further Turns Android Phones Into Buzz Machines

    Despite criticism, and an overall frustrating experience, Google is definitely not ready to give up on Buzz. The latest indication comes today by way of a new Android widget that makes it easier than ever to post updates to the service. The new Google Buzz widget for Android allows you to post text or photos to the service without having to launch any app on the device. And, if you choose, you… Read More

  • The Key To Gmail: Sh*t Umbrellas

    The Key To Gmail: Sh*t Umbrellas

    Today at the Gmail Behind The Scenes panel at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, key team members of the Gmail team revealed the true secret of the service: Shit umbrellas. Product manager Todd Jackson made the humorous revelation when explaining how the Gmail team works as a group of about 100 people, the vast majority of which are engineers. “You can either be a shit funnel or a… Read More

  • Google Buzz Could Have Dominated Location. (And Snuck Up On Facebook And Twitter.)

    Google Buzz Could Have Dominated Location. (And Snuck Up On Facebook And Twitter.)

    Tomorrow it will be exactly one month since the launch of Google Buzz. The song remains the same: it’s a mess. Normally, that wouldn’t bother me so much — after all, a lot of services are a mess — but Buzz has a lot of potential. But again, it’s been a month. I’m starting to wonder if it will ever reach that potential. I’m also starting to wonder if… Read More

  • ReBuzzThis Wants To Be The TweetMeme Of Google Buzz

    You know how TweetMeme started out trying to be the Techmeme of Twitter before it ventured off plastering its ReTweet buttons on every blog on the Web? Well now there’s a site that just launched today that wants to be the TweetMeme of Google Buzz called ReBuzzThis. It is not much to look at right now—five lame links as of this writing. But the site wants to encourage blogs and… Read More

  • Sh*t My Dad Says Engages Google Buzz

    Shit My Dad Says, the Twitter phenomenon with over 1.2 million followers, and more notably, a TV pilot in the works, has taken his act to the new hot (or at least, controversial) social network, Google Buzz. Now, before you get too excited, you’ll note that all this account is doing is importing the Shit My Dad Says tweets into Buzz. In fact, because the account doesn’t tweet all… Read More

  • Google Wave May Finally Tread Water With Email Notifications

    Remember Google Wave? No, not Google Buzz — Wave, that other social information pump that Google launched last year. It’s hard to blame you if you don’t. While Google’s goals are ambitious with Wave, many users couldn’t figure out what to do with it, or why they needed it in their lives. Perhaps more importantly, it was basically impossible to know if someone… Read More

  • Top Ten Ways To Fix Google Buzz

    Google Buzz was pushed out the door too early and force-fed to users by placing it in Gmail. The launch has been marked by both privacy and usability issues. But the team at Google behind it, led by Bradley Horowitz, is working hard to fix problems and respond to user feedback. In fact, earlier today, Horowitz pointed people via Buzz and Twitter to an official Google product idea site… Read More

  • BuzzAware. Yup, Now There's An App Directory For Google Buzz

    Google Buzz might have been pushed out too soon, but there are already at least a dozen apps for Google Buzz, most of them unoffical. That’s not a lot, but it’s enough to start BuzzAware, a Google Buzz app directory. BuzzAware is started by the same folks behind Twitdom, a Twitter app directory with more than 1,500 apps. Some of the apps in BuzzAware include: Read More

  • Why Google Pushed Buzz Out The Door Before It Was Ready

    Why Google Pushed Buzz Out The Door Before It Was Ready

    When Google Buzz launched three weeks ago, the product wasn’t ready. There were basic privacy issues that still needed to be hammered out (and were quickly addressed by Google), but beyond that Google Buzz simply did not work smoothly enough to force feed it to 175 million Gmail users without any warning. (MG covered some of the usability issues last week). So why was Google Buzz… Read More

  • Facebook Buzz Exists! It's A Stream… Of Beer.

    Since Facebook started on a college campus, it makes sense that they celebrate kegs. But did you know they actually have a Facebook application dedicated to the keg in their office? And they like to have fun with it. While Keg Presence isn’t an official Facebook app, it was created and is maintained by Facebook employees. So what does it do? The app is a steady stream of information… Read More

  • Google News Tries Sharing With Facebook, But Where's The Buzz Button?

    Google News is testing out a new design, as I reported earlier this month. It includes trending topics on the left and new personalization options. But today someone in the bucket test noticed something different. The sharing options changed. Each story can be shared via email, Google Reader, or Facebook. Most people won’t see this. It is just in a limited test. But it does… Read More

  • Stealthy Knowmore Loads Up On Talent To Silence The Social Noise Problem

    Fundamentally, what I liked about FriendFeed was that it gave me a way to take all kinds of social data and create a tailored way to view it. And though the idea never took off in the mainstream before their acquisition by Facebook, the desire for a service that can do this, remains. Despite their efforts, Facebook hasn’t solved this yet. And despite all the hype, neither has the new… Read More

  • Google Buzz Boosts Sharing On Google Reader By 35 Percent

    Social sharing is becoming a big contributor to traffic for many sites. While Facebook and Twitter drive more sharing than any other services, Google is trying to compete with Buzz, which is now part of Gmail but shares links to article and blog posts through Google Reader. Over the past month, according to AddThis, sharing through Google Reader is up 35 percent, with a big jump on February… Read More

  • Loud Noises! Google Buzz Is A Broken Instrument Capable Of Beautiful Music.

    Loud Noises! Google Buzz Is A Broken Instrument Capable Of Beautiful Music.

    Google Buzz is now two weeks old. I decided to hold off on writing about it (beyond my overview on launch day), until I had a solid amount of time to play with it and gather my thoughts. Now I have. And now I will. My reasoning for holding off is pretty simple: I was confused. For the first few hours I was sure it was the best thing ever. Then I was certain it was the worst thing ever. The… Read More

  • Please Rob Me Makes Foursquare Super Useful For Burglars

    Please Rob Me Makes Foursquare Super Useful For Burglars

    Location-based services are all the rage right now. Even everyone seems to agree that the controversial Google Buzz did at least one thing right in adding a location element to its mobile site. But as great as these services are for connecting social networking with actual social activity, there is a downside we’re all well aware of too: privacy. A new site throws this issue back into… Read More

  • Google Buzz Warning: Force Feeding Users Can Result In Vomiting

    Google Buzz Warning: Force Feeding Users Can Result In Vomiting

    A week ago Google launched Google Buzz. And Google’s 175 million or so wordwide Gmail users (Comscore) suddenly had this new and noisy addition to their beloved inbox. It’s been a rough week since then. Both for the Google Buzz team, and those 175 million Gmail users. Google continues to tweak the product almost daily to deal with the incredible backlash. That’s not what… Read More

  • Google Buzz Abandons Auto-Following Amid Privacy Concerns

    As we noted this morning, Google isn’t wasting any time in responding to user criticism about Buzz. Now they’ve rolled out another set of changes to further address Buzz’s privacy issues. The biggest change involves the automatic follow system: it’s now being switched to a suggestion model, where Google will present you with a list of friends it thinks you’d like… Read More

  • Google Buzz Privacy Update Has Users Seeing Stars (Instead Of Your Friend's Private Email Address)

    Google Buzz launched with more than its fair share of privacy issues, leading to a significant backlash from some users. Fortunately the Buzz team is fixing these issues at a brisk pace. Today, they’ve rolled out a fix to a bug that would let users inadvertently expose their friends’ private email addresses using Buzz’s @reply system. Now, instead of sharing these… Read More