Okay, so if you’re a Gmail customer you’ve probably already noticed this intrusion into your task bar; even if you’re not a Gmail customer you may have heard of this latest application offered by Google; Google Buzz. This is Google’s attempt at breeching the social-networking-media field and while it’s not a total strikeout, there are a few reasons why I’m considering fully opting out of this platform I never really wanted in the first place.
Status Updates: Gmail has always had the ability to include your picture and a cute little quote on your profile. I never added either because, frankly, I don’t have a lot to say. When MySpace came out I resisted it like the plague until I felt I was being left in the lurch; when Facebook popped up a bit later on I was quicker to the punch with this application because it made more sense to me. People couldn’t spam your profile, if you don’t know someone; you don’t have to add them to your friends. Facebook was always sort of like MySpace 2.0 and was just a better platform that made more sense. Sadly I’m so deeply imbedded in MySpace with musicians who I am not fans of on Facebook that I need to keep both profiles up in some small capacity. The Facebook fan application is one which I feel could use retooling because of all the stupid applications my friends invite me to join (“Can This Pickle Get More Friends Than Nickleback? Please.) I’ve basically opted out of that part of Facebook. So this is what Google Buzz is trying to do; make status updates, photo updates, and all that jazz part of your email program. I don’t know if it’s because I work online but I just have less than zero interest in doing this stuff in my downtime.
Twitter: I’m also not a Twitter user. My mobile phone is a basic model (that I resent having to carry) so I don’t even text message. Anyone who has my phone number knows that I only text back the most basic of replies when I am texted. The Google Buzz application seems to be like Facebook on speed. I haven’t added the application; I haven’t entered in any of my info, photos, or thoughts about the world writ large; but this is what Google appears to be after. They want people updating their status all the time because it’s right there on your email. And how many of us, honestly, don’t have a window open with their email provider when they’re at the computer? Of course you do; you need to know if some big news goes down.
Unwanted Updates: Then of course, there are these people who are Gmail customers; people I’ve emailed with before who are “following” me. That’s fine but I’m not using the application. Like I said the icon appeared in my task bar earlier this week and I get a message anytime any of the people following me post anything. So there is that; not that I don’t like my Gmail friends but I get a notification anytime any of their (not my) friends posts to their link that they put up; so, really, the updates could never end !
So that’s the thing about Google Buzz; I don’t see where it would fit into my life with my cell phone, Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, email, and all the rest of the communication methods we have today. I could see the use for people who need to get information out to many people all at once; but isn’t that what all those other applications are all about? It’s all just a little too much for me right now.