How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Google Buzz: Page 2

Posted February 24, 2010

Mike Elgan

Mike Elgan

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Now, as you're working all day, watching TV at night or whatever you're doing while at home, you can check in on your Buzz community (and Facebook and Twitter) with a glance. (I realize this isn't possible for everyone, but if you can manage it, using a Buzz Machine is the way to go.)

Why all this Is a Great Idea

What is Buzz? Buzz is Facebook for smart people who have no patience for canned frivolity. Buzz is Twitter for people with long attention spans. Buzz is the future of intelligent social networking.

Most important, Google's aggressive entry into social networking is going to work. The service is going mainstream, and millions will use it.

It's also important to note that the quality of Buzz always goes up -- if you use it right. When people you follow are annoying, repetitive, boring, lame, offensive or just aren't meeting whatever your criteria are, it's super easy to stop following them.

And you can see the comments on the posts of people you follow. If you see an interesting comment, just click on the user name to see what else that person is posting. If you like what you see, you can follow them very easily.

Every day, the quality of conversation on Buzz goes up, because you're always un-following the worst users, and discovering the best ones. With Buzz, you're constantly cutting morons and adding geniuses. Over time, it begins to read like a Mensa meeting.

Buzz added a huge new social burden on top of all the other social services we're trying to keep up with. One solution is to ignore Buzz. It's certainly not for everyone. But if you like Buzz, why not use it to reduce or even eliminate the other social services in your life?

If you want to join me in exploring what's possible with Buzz, follow me here.

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