With so many of us using Gmail, this just might stick. It will be rolling out over the next week. You’ll be notified when it is live for your account.
As of now, it will integrate will services including Flickr, Picasa, YouTube, and Google Reader. You will be able to connect with Twitter, but only to pull in content, not to publish tweets (at least, not yet). Facebook is absent from the list.
As always, I’ll give it a try and get a feel of how it can work best for me. Right now, I retreat to Gmail to hunker down and get work done. If I have the ability to customize Buzz and turn on/off at will, then life will be much easier.
I see huge potential upside to Buzz. With the power of the enormously popular Google products and an already built-in user base, this could be a winner. More accessible than other networks, but less geeky and intimidating than Google Wave. Some have labeled this the “Twitter killer,” haven’t we heard that before about other new?platforms? We’ll have to wait and see.
Robert Scoble has written an interesting and more detailed post about why he believes, after several failed attempts by Google to go social, Buzz just might succeed. TechCrunch has also published a post on why Buzz may gain traction in ways Wave has not yet been able to achieve. Both posts are great reads for those wanted more detail and analysis.
What do you think? Will you give it a try? Take a look at the high-level overview from Google and let me know your thoughts.