Google Buzz for Mobile, Should Yelp, FourSquare and Others Be Afraid?
So aside from the Buzz in Gmail, Google is simultaneously launching its latest social sharing service for mobile users – Google Buzz for mobile. Google describe it as – as service that Â lets you post buzz and keep up with your friends when you’re away from your computer, obviously using your mobile phone. It also lets you identify places around you by using the location feature of your mobile handsets, select any of the places and attach it as a location tag to the buzz that you post. And it also lets you read what others have posted about that particular place.
Google Buzz for Mobile will remind you of other location-aware service proliferating on both the web and mobile platforms right now, such as FourSquare, Yelp, Gowalla and others. And knowing that Google has all the infrastructure to make this location-aware, social sharing service, should these other services have a reason to be afraid of?
The answer to that question would depend on how far users will embrace Google Buzz for mobile. Â Google has already laid down the service’s backbone and the verdict is now in the hands of Â Google Buzz for Mobile users.
In case you want to try out Google Buzz for mobile, you can access it by pointing your iPhone or Android’s browser to buzz.google.com (note: the site appears to be inactive yet as I got an error when I tried on my Nexus One) This web app gives you two views – “Following” shows buzz from people you follow and “Nearby” which shows public buzz tagged with a location near your current location.
You can also see Buzz as a layer on Google Maps for Mobile, as an icon the sits in the top right corner of the google.com homepage or as a voice shortcut available in the quick search widget on Android and in Google Mobile App for iPhone.