Tuesday, Google launched their latest web service, Google Buzz. Google Buzz is Google’s approach to the social media stream. Google played it smart by simply implementing Google Buzz into Gmail–instead of building up a new product completely from scratch. Considering Gmail’s 176 million unique monthly visitors, throwing Google Buzz into Gmail was a good move and is sure to bring Google Buzz large amounts of users very quickly.
With Google Buzz, you will be able to post status updates with the option of having them visible publicly, or just to select contacts. Google Buzz allows you to import media from other popular web services such as Twitter, Picasa, Flickr, and Google Reader. Also, Google Buzz will already have a contacts list set up for you based on the people you interact with the most on Gmail.
There’s also a mobile aspect to Google Buzz.. First off, when you visit Google.com on an iPhone or Android device and tap the Buzz icon, the phone will automatically use GPS coordinates and attempt to fathom out where you are and what business you’re nearby. The system uses time of day and other details to offer up a list of possibilities; you’re then able to add a new Buzz post, either as text or – on an Android device – by speech recognition.
Google Buzz has already been rolled out to several Gmail users, but not all. If it isn’t yet on your account, be patient. Google is still sending the service out.