Google Buzz and the Social Web

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 | 11:04 AM

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Today we launched Google Buzz, a new way to share updates, photos, videos and more, and start conversations about the things you find interesting. On the Google Code blog we outlined our hopes for Google Buzz and the developer community, and we'd like to share more about those plans here.


We believe that the social web works best when it works like the rest of the web — many sites linked together by simple open standards. Rather than launching with a one-off API, we see Buzz as a tremendous opportunity to work with the community to create and support open protocols for the next generation of social web apps and websites. To kick things off, Buzz is launching with support for public activity feeds and offers users the option to connect their favorite sites to their Buzz activity feed using open protocols.  In the near future we plan to greatly expand the scope of these developer services, and we'd like you to be a part of that process.

We invite you to join us over the next several months as we continue to evolve the Google Buzz APIs around protocols such as Atom, AtomPub, Activity Streams, PubSubHubbub, OAuth, MediaRSS, Salmon, the Social Graph API, PortableContacts, WebFinger, and much, much more. If those names aren't all familiar to you today, that's okay — please visit the Buzz API site on Google Code to learn more. And please join us on the Google Buzz API discussion group, where we will share what we've learned so far, and work with everyone here on where we are going next.

31 comments:

Tenkely said...

I am actually very excited about this. I spend so much time in Gmail already and love how Buzz seems to be so seamless in it's sharing capabilities.

Is there any way I can enable this without having to wait for the roll out?

Chad Lupkes said...

Will we be able to create a Buzz Box on web pages where we can show the world our buzz, sort of like Twitter is available via RSS?

sunipeyk said...

Any schedule for Turkey?

NanLimo Bertuah said...

im support.... Go..Go....

togy said...

Nice to hear from google, "The new social web network" :)

JMW4th said...

so how does this Google Buzz relate to Google Friend Connect?

Bob Hancock said...

In the Developer Guide page the external reference for the Atom Protocol is http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc5023 from 2005. Shouldn't it be the 2007 RFC at http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc5023.txt?

SeanyD said...

This seems like another attempt to have social web included into email. Didn't they do this before? Oh yeah, ...Google Wave. Hopefully this will be more integrative. I look forward to the rollout for the chance to try it out and hopefully fall in love with it.

Martindale said...

@Bob_Hancock: I believe you are correct. IETF has two specs (that I could find):

http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc4287.txt from 2005, and...

http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc5023.txt from 2007.

Minor faux pas, I believe? Unless there is something I'm missing (PubSubHubBub)?

Steven said...

this could be looking good. I've noticed the disdain with the new look facebook, and am wondering will this be changing as often as it has??

Bridgetech said...

Facebook by google! Had to happen :)

http://www.grrajeshkumar.com said...

Google Buzz is certainly an add-on tool for online marketers to reach out to more targeted users.

One question arises how far Google Buzz will replace or complement Twitter alike. http://www.imri.in/blog/will-google-buzz-replace-twitter-facebook

DeWitt Clinton (Google) said...

@Bob_Hancock and @Martindale -- good eyes, though the links are correct.

One is to the Atom Syndication Format (RFC 4287) and one is to the Atom Publishing Protocol (RFC 5023). The first, Atom, is to the feed syntax used by Buzz updates, and the second, AtomPub, is the read/write REST protocol built on Atom. So related specs, but different.

karlili said...

the way that the buzz integrates with blog sites, picasa, twitter and flickr is very similar to the idea that Google Wave wanna to do.

is the wave protocol doing anything underneaths it?

fork0 said...

Only a person with Google Profile can post comments to a buzz entry? Isn't it a little discriminating?
And I can't find an way to approve the comments before they're publicly visible.

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ArchieIndian said...

Found a problem. When I try buzzing from my ipod touch,i am not able to. I have an ipod touch 2nd generation and hence no GPS support. So i just caanot buzz from there. How is Google thinking of resolving. Atleast they can allow buzzing without location from ipod touch

pzol said...

What is the point?? we have other services already and tons of services that aggregate them... why another one? why dont you guys at google do something useful?
of course... tons of people will jump at the new toy... if you want to reinvent something... bring something fresh into it... so far I really see no point in buzz..

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Ânderson Peroty said...

I really liked it Google Buzz, but a thing disturbs me:
- In google to reader I to see videos to with you of youtube and vimeo, but when I share for the BUZZ others can't do!

Gaz Davidson said...

I'm really happy that Google has made such a daring move on the likes of Facebook, social networks account for so much web traffic yet are closed off by a small number of companies who own and control all the data. This is bad for the future of the Internet, it's bad for people and it's bad for Google too.

In order to make this work we need to all go and make some noise about XFN and RSS/Atom feeds; tell Amazon that you want a rel=me link back to your home page from your product reviews profile, tell MediaWiki and PHPBB we want them on our user pages, demand it at LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo and MSN. The more sites on the semantic bandwagon the better.

SchlagerMuziek said...

are there already Google Buzz widgets so i can put them on my websites.......and share it worldwide

so like the twitter website widgets

THanks

SEO Internet Marketing said...

@SchlagerMuziek
There is Google Buzz Widget with latest buzz: http://www.buzzcounter.net/.

freitasm said...

Hello folks. Good launch, spectacular uptake, but...

You should really look at the RSS integration. For example I have all my RSS feeds with Google Feedburner, and yet every single item is posted again and again every few hours.

You should look into the RSS handling because it's getting really bad when you have multiple feeds in your Google Profile.

Sean said...

Google Buzz is the Bees knees! What I would like to see is integration into Friend Connect. Are there any plans to do this?

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Manchester Info Services said...

Its really cool feature...looking for more... thanks...

SocialMedia Rox said...

I just love the idea that Google has with Buzz..but I don't feel I will use it as many of my connections are not in Gmail and it forces the user to utilize only Google.