Today, Google unveiled Google Buzz - a new way to start conversations about the things you find interesting. It's built right into Gmail, so you don't have to peck out an entirely new set of friends from scratch - it just works (as long as you have friends in your Gmail address book). Google Buzz is said to be an easy-to-use sharing experience that richly integrates photos, videos and links and makes it easy to share publicly or privately. Furthermore, Buzz integrates tightly with your existing Gmail inbox as well as it supports Google Android, Microsoft Windows Mobile, Nokia S60, Apple iPhone and RIM BlackBerry smartphones - either through the device's web browser or as a separate layer in Google Maps Mobile.
On the desktop, Google is rolling out Buzz to all Gmail accounts over the next few days. On your smartphone, Google Buzz is much more than just a small screen version of the desktop experience. Google Buzz for mobile allows you to post buzz and keep up with your friends when you're away from your computer. It also uses your location to identify places around you. You can select one of these places and attach it as location tag to your posts, or read what others have posted about the place.
There are several ways to use Google Buzz on your mobile phone:
- buzz.google.com: This web app provides access to Buzz from your iPhone or Android phone's browser, allowing you to view and create buzz messages. It has two different views:
- 'Following' view shows buzz from the people you follow, just like Google Buzz in Gmail
- 'Nearby' view shows public buzz that has been tagged with a location near you, and might be from people you don't follow. From Nearby view, you can also select a specific place from the list of nearby places and view posts attached to that place.
- Buzz on Google Maps Mobile: The new Buzz layer allows you to see buzz near you or anywhere on the map. You can post public buzz directly from the layer, and even attach a photo from your phone. Also, try visiting a mobile Place Page to read recent comments or to post buzz about that place. You can access Place Pages from the web app as well, by tapping on the place name in any location-tagged post.
- Buzz Shortcut from Google.com: You will see the buzz icon in the top right corner of the google.com homepage. Just tap on the icon to trigger the posting box.
- Voice Shortcut: The voice shortcut, which is available in the quick search widget on Android and in Google Mobile App on iPhone, allows you to post buzz without typing anything. Just say 'post buzz,' followed by whatever you'd like to post.
When adding locations to buzz posts, Google focused on places, not just a lat/long location or an address. Google wants to make location information more useful both to your followers and to help others discover information about nearby places. If you don't want to include your location when you post buzz, it's easy to exclude your location and post without it. You also control whether your buzz posts will be public or private - by default or for individual posts. While anyone can access your public posts, private posts are viewable only by the people you choose to share them with.
To start using Buzz for mobile, go to buzz.google.com from your phone's browser. It is currently available for Android and iPhone, but Google is working to bring it to other platforms. The Buzz layer on Google Maps for mobile is available on Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and iPhone (as web maps). Not on Google's roadmap seems to be Palm's webOS; it's even not mentioned on Google's Mobile Maps website where the updated smartphone client can be downloaded from.
Cheers ~ Arne