If you haven’t already heard (and if you haven’t I assume you live under a rock) Google is going to compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter with the soon to be released “Google Buzz”. Since Google has yet to activate “Buzz” within my Gmail account, I will save my opinions as it relates to its usability and functionality for another post.
Instead I am going to state what immediately came to my mind when I first heard the rumblings or the “Buzz” this morning…
It’s about time, Google!
Yep, I said it. So now what?
So although “Buzz” might be the best thing since sliced bread it seems awfully reactionary (as if someone at Google woke up one day and realized…uh-oh, we missed the boat on the power of social media). Call me crazy, but isn’t this the very thing most IT pundits accuse Microsoft of? Come to think of it, they seem to be somewhat late to the mobile party as well. Is being late to the party a trend for Google? I truly hope not.
My point to all this is that with the enormous growth that Google has had over the last several years I can only hope they don’t lose the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit they are famous for. Otherwise, they might be labeled (either fairly or unfairly), Microsoft-like.