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I'm surprised there aren't more threads about this (other than the privacy one). My questions:

Are you using Google buzz?
Are you planning on promoting anything with it?

I'll be the first to admit that at first I didn't see a way to market products with Twitter. Later I found out how of course and right now I'm still trying to see how that could work with Buzz. Could you really promote with it? Would you want to?

The autofollow feature helps would-be spammers for sure. You're following anyone you've ever emailed as soon as they sign up for buzz. And I could see people using it for spam, but how about legitimate marketing?

My feeling is, this is obviously a twitter killer that probably came along a little too late. It is super convenient as I feel like I've joined a social network where most of my friends are already signed up. It's somewhat like a web forum that's a click away from my email. That's why I use it.

But as a marketer I don't see myself using it much for promotion. It's just way too close to email, and looks too much like spam. I've already unfollowed quite a few people for doing it.

So my question is, are my fellow warriors coming up with plans to promote it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Marc Meole
    I really don't know yet...I've played around with it bit...On the SEO side:

    your links are instantly indexed by Google's real-time search...so that's a plus...the whole thing still seems to have a bit of a spammy feel to me still...

    but gmail is extremely popular so of course everyone will pretty much end up following everyone

    Doesn't seem like they put any thought into privacy

    As far as the social aspect it seem like just another thing to check...
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    • Profile picture of the author jnapier
      I'm loving it. It's WAY Better than Twitter. YOu can easily follow the conversations you want to follow. I think there's room to make it better as well. I liked Google Wave, but there were too few people I know who have it.

      Guess it all depends on how things work out.

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      • Profile picture of the author JeffMitchell
        Buzz is only there because Twitter won't sell off to Google. They have made offers and Twitter won't budge.

        **My Opinion** Buzz will be a flop...


        Micro-blogging like Twitter and so many others is a competition to google due to the value of "real time" searching.

        Buzz is only trying to break into that Micro-blogging for that single reason...


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      • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Morgan
        Originally Posted by jnapier View Post

        I'm loving it. It's WAY Better than Twitter. YOu can easily follow the conversations you want to follow. I think there's room to make it better as well. I liked Google Wave, but there were too few people I know who have it.

        Guess it all depends on how things work out.

        Jay NaPier
        I like it too, from a user point of view. I think google wave is really cool, but I don't think it's going to catch on with the public. The learning curve is just way too hard for the average person. I know that sounds cynical but nearly everyone I've sent invites to got completely confused by it and stopped using it. It's awesome if you're a geek.

        Google Buzz seems a lot easier to use, so this might catch on and maybe they'll add in some wave stuff to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author James12C
    Stll playing with it.... First impressions? Think it's better than Twitter but is it Johhny come lately?
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    • Profile picture of the author Santos Bulus
      Google Buzz, a gmail-integrated social networking utility which will roll out over the all gmail users.Comments get sent right to your inbox so it's easy to keep the conversation going.See thumbnails with each post, and browse full-screen photos from popular sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Morgan
      Originally Posted by admininvest View Post

      Its better I continue using Facebook, I find it convenient
      I think buzz is pretty convenient also though, attached to my gmail. It's pretty quick to hop over but i already find myself not doing that because I'm not too terribly interested in it yet. Interesting to see where it goes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Yusuf
    Here's a potentially useful tool for marketing products/services and finding JV partners and so on that are using Google Buzz:

    Buzzzy - A Search Engine for Buzz.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Morgan
      Originally Posted by Yusuf View Post

      Here's a potentially useful tool for marketing products/services and finding JV partners and so on that are using Google Buzz:

      Buzzzy - A Search Engine for Buzz.
      This is part of the privacy concerns people have. Most of us assume everything we type is public, but I have a feeling many people are unaware of that with Buzz.
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    • Profile picture of the author ILUVCA$H
      But isn't Google a search engine for Buzz ??

      Originally Posted by Yusuf View Post

      Here's a potentially useful tool for marketing products/services and finding JV partners and so on that are using Google Buzz:

      Buzzzy - A Search Engine for Buzz.
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  • Profile picture of the author ILUVCA$H
    I like it so far :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Derek Allen
    I haven't looked into it yet but am planning to. I am going to study it for awhile to see what kind of possibilities exist within it.

    On the other hand, it's owned by google so there might be some pretty strict rules in regards to promoting with it.

    As the old saying goes, "where there is a will - there's a way"!
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Come on .... I mean really. Legitimate marketing? Who wants a bunch of people autofollowing us just because they are contacts and then sending offers we didn't opt in for? I don't and I deleted my Google profile and all my contacts just to get rid of Buzz and keep my email, just plain old email.
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  • Profile picture of the author theunknownthem
    But doesn't just emailing someone put them into your contacts? How do they not autofollow immediately after that then?
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by theunknownthem View Post

      But doesn't just emailing someone put them into your contacts? How do they not autofollow immediately after that then?
      It may ... I don't know. Once I deleted the contacts that were there, I deleted my Google profile. Without that, Buzz won't work. Then I scrolled down to bottom of Gmail screen and clicked on turn Buzz off ... in other words, Buzz Off Google Buzz.

      Spammers of course will think this is yet another wonderful gateway that Google has provided them to spam the crap out of people, with Sidewiki being the last one. A privacy organization has already filed a suit with the FTC about Buzz.

      People do not want more spam in their email ... they want less spam in their email. What part of that do spammers and Google not GET?
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  • Profile picture of the author tweetzon
    whats the function google buzz have that facebook doesnt? just wondering...
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    • Profile picture of the author Sean Wells
      Originally Posted by tweetzon View Post

      whats the function google buzz have that facebook doesnt? just wondering...
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      • Profile picture of the author DigiSumo
        I'm using it and I find the conversations have been quite pleasing and active.
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  • Profile picture of the author acms
    This is a great thread, I have been trying to decide on whether to give it a go. But all this info has definitely made me intrigued enough to try it!
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    I like buz as it is more like a chat and I can do this with many of the greats already on it.

    Also unlike twitter I can add promotions, giveaways and my videos all inside gmail.

    Check out my buzz and you will see it is alot more powerful than twitter. It is sort of halfway between twitter and facebook.

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    • Profile picture of the author Sean Wells
      Originally Posted by Quentin View Post

      I like buz as it is more like a chat and I can do this with many of the greats already on it.

      Also unlike twitter I can add promotions, giveaways and my videos all inside gmail.

      Check out my buzz and you will see it is alot more powerful than twitter. It is sort of halfway between twitter and facebook.

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      Excellent approach to monetising this medium...it all depends to what extent it catches on with the public... does it become trendy and what sort of traffic it gets

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      • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Morgan
        One of the things to do if you don't want to show your contacts:

        Go to your profile (click here)

        and uncheck "display the list of people I'm following and following me".

        I know I wasn't too comfortable showing my contacts like that without their permission.
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  • Profile picture of the author EyeInTriangle
    I'm not a big of of Google Buzz. Maybe once they experiment and weed some of the issues out and improve on the strong points I'll start using it. For now other things like Twitter are good for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbode
    Google Buzz has it's positives and negatives... I like that you can actually talk to people you know (some of them) and that you can get to know other marketers...
    I also like the youtube feature

    other than that... I don't like the fact that anyone can automatically follow me as long as I've sent an email to them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Morgan
      Originally Posted by jbode View Post

      other than that... I don't like the fact that anyone can automatically follow me as long as I've sent an email to them.
      Well, you do have to click "ok" for them to follow you, but I don't know if that's a recent development or not. There have been changes due to privacy concerns.
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  • Profile picture of the author WriterNick
    I agree that so far there are still not many people on google buzz, maybe is just the people around me are not really into it, yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Vrindavan
    i cannot find any usage policy regarding BUZZ

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  • Profile picture of the author forumer147
    I am bit confused about what this Google Buzz all about ? I usually seen this one whenever I am going to my e-mail but dont have any idea how to use it
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  • Profile picture of the author WriterNick
    er, facebook lookalike? or maybe twitter?
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Morgan
    It seems like after almost a year, Buzz has all but died except for a few select people using it. Most people are still unaware it exists.

    I'm wondering if it's because of poor marketing on Google's part, or the fact that it really offered nothing new over other social media programs.
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  • Profile picture of the author nelaffiliate
    I like Google Buzz even though I'm not so sure it will be as big as Twitter. It's interesting to use it and I noticed that my links get noticed by google quickly when using it. I guess like anything else.... simply test and see what happens.
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  • Profile picture of the author DavidTT
    Im not even using Twitter so I guess Buzz is not something I'm more likely to use anyways.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeremy Morgan
      Like Twitter, it can be used as a marketing tool, but most people use it incorrectly. If you spam links on Buzz you'll get ignored just as quickly as if you were spamming on any other medium. I have heard from some people having some success with Buzz (about 6 months ago) but not sure if it's still working for them now.
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      • Profile picture of the author Auto Glass
        just started using buzz as well, Ill give it a month to see how it performs, so far its been ok.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bane
    A lot of my friends are using Buzz to good success. Not amazingly awesome success, but good. It certainly adds to their revenue stream (and in large numbers, every percent helps).
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  • Profile picture of the author Ben_Swann77
    Google Buzz is a nice features of Google and its look like facebook and twitter.
    It has some new and unique features.
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