Tuesday, February 9, 2010 | 11:04 AM
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.