UPDATE: 9:02 AZ time Armand’s support team got right back to me just now and has enabled comments on his blog :]
Armand you made some valid points but I have to correct few. I know you are in Australia too so who knows what version of Buzz you are getting out of Google data centers down under. So, Armand, you said:
Armand: Allow People to Buzz From Their Profile Page. Right now you can only comment.
You have a “What are you doing” type box right at the top of Buzz. You can post links, pictures and text AND you can post them as public or private.
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Google is changing Buzz every day, features come and go, just stay with it, it will settle down.
Armand: Create a “Follow My Buzz” Button so people can add it to their websites
You might notice I have a “Follow Me On Buzz” button to the right of this post….
The button is on your Google profile. You may have missed this because you have be to logged into a Google account that is not yours to see it.
A follow on Buzz button in that case can be a link to the profile of your choice.
Armand: Outbound communication with Twitter and Facebook at a minimum.
I believe comments only go back to a Twitter profile if you respond with the @ sign but I have not tested this yet.
There is no communication with Facebook. The only Facebook aggregation you get is from FriendFeed.
Facebook decided on this policy, not Google. Facebook decided to go it alone with Microsoft’s support when they took Microsoft’s $220 million investment in 2008 and decided to bar Google Friend Connect from Facebook.
Armand: Allow Custom Profile Pages
That is about as custom as you get. Or maybe I misunderstood what you are calling a profile page.
If you want to find your Google profile page the link is http://www.google.com/profiles/me and if you have not created one Google will ask you to do so.
Armand: Make a “Followers” image list. Like Twitter has on right hand side.
Right there in Buzz, just look for the link “Followers” at the top of Buzz. It will open an overlay with your Followers and you can follow in return from the as well. Or remove pesky unwanted followers too.
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Armand: Allow you to make your whole Buzz Account PRIVATE. Twitter does this and so does even MySpace.
Good point. Bet they are working on that now. Google has been very receptive to suggestions so far. There should be a better setting page for Buzz.
Armand: Create separate buzz page for users as well. This will make it easier to use even if you are NOT in Gmail.
You can do that Armand, here is the Buzz page for this post…. You can easily post Buzz comments right there too.
No, Gmail is the key to this thing. That is one reason Google Wave is not used as highly as I predicted, no Gmail integration.
The idea is that Gmail is your communications platform. With Gchat, Gmail and now a social dashboard all in Gmail it is “One Stop Shopping” for all your communications. That is why it is in Gmail.
Armand: Not force you to see all Buzz comments or be notified of Buzz Comments. I subscribed to Mashable’s Buzz feed and it sucked. I like Mashable it’s just they have a huge amount of comments so it wasn’t a good experience for me, not their fault Google’s fault.
Jack Humphrey and I both agreed, it is a bad idea to follow people like Pete Cashmore (Mashable) in Google Buzz, we both added and removed his profile. If following Pete Cashmore sucks, that’s Pete’s fault for Tweeting every single post thru a robot, not Google’s.
If I tweeted ever single action I took online I would suck too, but I am still trying to see how I can blame my sucking on Google. Seems to have worked for Pete here.
Armand: Michel Fortin stated that it [Buzz] was because of WAVE not doing as well as they had hoped.
Buzz has nothing to do with Google Wave. Wave is for private or public discussion, collaboration and rich social applications.
Buzz is simply the next step in Google Social Search.
Buzz is to keep up with your REAL friends activity on YouTube, Twitter and FriendFeed. Two very different things.
Why do I say REAL friends? Because Buzz is based on your Google Contacts. If you add me to your Google Contacts and I add you then we will see each other in Buzz.
But like I said, making your Google profile URL public will get you more followers and give you the chance to follow others you may not have discovered yet.
You might also notice Google Social Search is doing the same thing as Buzz but in Google results.
So again I do have to point out Google Buzz is not something they made up yesterday, it is part of something much bigger and has been in development for years. They started writing the code for Google Wave in early 2007, over 3 years ago.
This is why Google never launched a Facebook clone, they don’t need to. Think Google Friend Connect, YouTube, Google Reader, Google Wave and now Google Buzz.
And before you mention Orkut, that was to deliver advertising to India and Brazil where Orkut has been king for years. Orkut has nothing to do with the US market and never was intended to.
When you look at the much larger Google picture like I do, you can see that this is a much more rich social set of applications than Facebook ever could be.
I originally wrote this as a comment on Armand’s blog which is where it belonged but as I said, his blog was not accepting comments at the time. Hope this helps you all with Google Buzz.
And you can follow me on Google Buzz right here….