More Mobile Phones Can Now Catch The Buzz

Back in February when Google announced Buzz, Todd made note that it only could be accessed by half of the Android phones on the market because it required Android 2.0 or newer. Today Google announced changes that it has made to enable all Android phones to access Buzz, as well as Blackberry, Nokia S60, Palm webOS, and Windows Mobile phones. If you have any of these phones you can load buzz.google.com in your web browser and access Buzz.

Buzz is Google’s entry into social networking that has gained a fair amount of criticism because of how it originally integrated with Gmail. In the beginning Buzz exposed your contacts e-mail addresses to anyone who chose to follow you. Google also turned the service on for everyone and did not provide an obvious way to opt-out of the service. Google quickly made changes to not expose e-mail addresses and make it easier to opt-out.

I am not sure whether Buzz has achieved the success that Google was expecting for the service. I think part of the problem is that Buzz is confusing. In one way it is like Foursquare and Gowalla by providing location based social networking. When you open the Buzz web page you can see posts made by people nearby your location, and you can see the same posts in Google Map. On the other hand, you can also see posts made by people who you are following, making it like Twitter but with not limits on the size of the posts and it supports comments.

Most of the people who I am following in Buzz are simply sending their Twitter updates to Buzz, so they are not posting directly to Buzz. The one exception is Leo Laporte, who is a big supporter of Buzz. Occasionally I check Buzz to see what people have to say near my location, or I might check it if I see something new when I am in Gmail, but it isn’t a destination for me like Twitter or Facebook.



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