April 11, 2010 Jeff SanGeorge

Google Buzz vs. FriendFeed

As I’m getting used to logging on to, and posting on Google Buzz on a regular basis, a thought occurred to me: “This is just like “Friendfeed!”
Friendfeed is a aggregation of (almost) all of my social media accounts. So if I post to any of my 3 twitter accounts, or a few other places my post shows up in my FriendFeed.
Now Google Buzz does pretty much the same thing. As a matter of fact, all of my Friendfeed posts show up in my Google Buzz!

When Google Buzz was first launched Paul Buchheit, the creator of Gmail and a founder of FreindFeed, was among them and his initial reaction was: “This seems vaguely familiar . . .” Or, as he put it elsewhere, “There’s a FriendFeed in my Gmail. Sweet! :) “ Read more of Paul’s reaction at Tech Crunch.

Both services not only support text, and images, but comments and “likes” as well. Right now I’m only checking my Friendfeed because of some of the great people and sites I’m connected to there. If I could find a way to subscribe to all of these people through Google Buzz I would. After all, a guy can only check so many social media accounts. I’m currently active in like 12, so cutting one lose definitely won’t hurt. Especially if it’s not offering anything unique!

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Comments (3)

  1. Even though I ignored an invitation to Google Buzz when I checked into the gmail account I choose not to use it appeared anyway. It was immediately obvious to me that even though Facebook had supposedly bought FriendFeed out that Google had ended up with it. Doesn’t anyone else notice the growing Borg? I guess I should have known better than to think FriendFeed was actually a startup considering who the founder was but it was beneficial to my blog especially after Google absorbed FeedBurner and started counting my FriendFeed subscribers.I hope many others will join me in seeking out independent options for anything that gets absorbed. Start with FeedBlitz as a better service than FeedBurner. Check out my favorite search engine DuckDuckGo. Ask Zuula to add DuckDuckGo to their blog search engine. Support Small and Online Businesses whenever you can and we will have a better economy.

  2. Anyone who uses Gmail as their primary email account doesn’t really use email for much I don’t think. It’s good for most people.I will admit… I forward all the logging errors and such I get from websites to Hotmail… Unlimited Storage… or alot if anyways… a good place to store a few hundred thousand somewhat irrelevant emails…I never really touch Gmail…

  3. Jeff SanGeorge

    I’m wondering since Facebook officially brought Friendfeed, what are they going to do with it? I assume some sort of integration with Facebook. Whatever they do it will have to compete against "the Growing Borg" that GrowMap mentioned. You are definitely not the only one who has noticed the slow but sure rise to world (wide web) domination. I’ll have to check out some of those search engines you mentioned.

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