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Google Buzz! Make Your Gmail Social

On 1st April 2004, when Gmail was officially launched it lacked features like chat and video chat etc. Today, communication on the web has evolved beyond email and chat. So Google introduced Google Buzz, a new way to share updates, photos, videos and more, and start conversations about the things you find interesting. You can connect the websites you frequently use like Twitter, Picasa, Flickr and Google Reader. It's built right into Gmail, so you don't have to peck out an entirely new set of friends from scratch.

Google Buzz

Features of Google Buzz!

  • Automatic friends lists: Friends are added automatically who you have emailed on Gmail
  • "Rich fast sharing" combines sources like Picasa and Twitter into a single feed, and it includes full-sized photo browsing
  • Public and private sharing: Swap between family and friends
  • @Replies like Twitter
  • Voice Recognition and Geotagging of Buzz
  • Integration of buzz conversations in Google Maps
  • Inbox integration: Instead of emailing you with updates, like Facebook might, Buzz features emails that update dynamically with all Buzz thread content
  • "Recommended Buzz" puts friend-of-friend content into your stream, even if you're not acquainted. Recommendations learn over time with your feedback.

Google Buzz - Introduction

Google Buzz For Mobile

Google buzz is live and you may access it from or

How To Turn off Google Buzz in Gmail

Go to Gmail - Settings (top right) - 'Labels' - you can show/hide the 'Buzz' from Gmail inbox. Alternatively, search for "turn off buzz" in Gmail inbox view and you will find the link at the bottom of the page, next to "turn off chat".

Buzz developers are still working on some features to make Buzz work well for businesses and schools, so it isn't yet available in Google Apps, but it will be available to Google Apps users soon.

[via Official Gmail Blog]

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