There’s quite a bit of buzz flying around about Google’s new social network (Google Buzz). Many people instantly thought that it was an attempt to kill Twitter. I guess they could still think that, since it’s only been around for a few days. It functions a bit like Twitter, but also quite a bit unlike Twitter. Yesterday I was checking it out, and realized that it’s actually MUCH more like FriendFeed (purchased by Facebook not too long ago). It’s not just a status update, like Twitter.
I would consider it more of a lifestream / grouping of quite a few of your blog, website, and social networking feeds (RSS, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, etc..). Which is exactly what FriendFeed does, but FriendFeed does MUCH better. How? Wouldn’t it be nice if Buzz provided an RSS feed, or even allow you to group your contacts into one URL (wall of discussion) for a focused dialogue? FriendFeed does this. Another thing FriendFeed has over Buzz is that its status updates can be carbon copied to also be your Twitter status. And the sign-up process with FriendFeed is open to everyone, not just users within a certain email system (as Buzz is with Gmail).
Google sure tanked with their Wave project, and I believe Buzz is an attempt to repair that mess. Conclusion – Buzz is a nice added feature for Gmail users, but is definitely not a Twitter killer. Feel free to connect with me on Buzz, Twitter or FriendFeed. Your thoughts?