With the +1 button in full swing and the Google+ network attracting more than 40 million users at the moment it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Google on Friday announced the end of the Google Buzz platform.
“In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+,” while he added, “While people obviously won’t be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.”
Google also announced that they are shutting down Code Search on January 15 and that they will also be shutting down Jaiku, a site they hoped would compete with Twitter. read more
Color me confused, but it looks like Google is attempting on making Google News more social by showing your tweet friends what stories they share from the service.
While Twitter’s addition is not surprising, Google Buzz’s absence is.
Friends is an experimental section in the side column that helps you find news articles that your friends are sharing on Twitter.
In the open text box, enter your Twitter username and click “Save.” Google News will refresh, and you will see a list of updates containing news articles shared by the people you follow. Please note that Friends only shows you articles that can be found in Google News. If someone you follow has shared an article or a link that cannot be found in Google News, then you will not see that update in the Friends section. (Google News Help)
The idea behind Google Buzz Firehose is simple, it gives developers the ability to access all public activity from the social networking service. Developers can access that data from a single feed that’s published with real-time PubSubHubBub syndication.
Google chose to release the new option since it was the most requested feature by developers.
To highlight the feature Google showed off Buzz Mood which finds Buzz updates with the same emotion-related verbs and then shows them to users with a slideshow type animation, it’s pretty useless but offers a working example of the new syndication feed. read more
In a move that echo’s Facebook’s “via” and Twitter’s retweets, the search engine giant is launching a “Reshare” button which will allow fans of the service to repost messages from friends upon their Google Buzz timeline.
When you find an interesting buzz post you want to reshare, instead of copying and pasting it (and maybe attributing the original poster with an @reply along the way), you can now reshare posts with two clicks. [...]
[A]fter a lot of debate, we even settled on what to call it [...] but reshare is still very much a work in progress. We wanted to launch and iterate so be sure to let us know what you think in the forum or on Buzz. (Official Gmail Blog) read more
TweetDeck is one of the most popular cross-platform social apps available and now the platform has become even more appealing and far-reaching, adding support for Google Buzz and Foursquare.
The newest version (v 0.34) also brings the ability to use any Twitter-compatible APIs, with further access to Tumblr, WordPress and StatusNet. Users can also use filters that include global filters and scheduled posts.
The announcement comes just hours before the company is expected to announce a new round of Series B funding.