Google’s Buzz brings social networking to Gmail, Android

If Orkut doesn’t cut it for you, and you’ve found Wave to be overly difficult to manage, Buzz might be the Google social solution for you. Google announced the new product, which integrates with preexisting Google apps that you know and love, this morning. I can’t offer any sort of personal testimony about the features or behavior of Buzz here because, as of the time of this writing, I am not one of the 1% of GMail users to find the Buzz tab on the left pane of my GMail web interface today.

I have seen a video about the new product (embedded below – another after the break) and I have to say that it looks fantastic. If Google has a shot at the world of social media, this is it – built upon already proven and successful projects, and incorporating sensible, practical functionality. Buzz will also be coming to Android and iPhone, via, and will show up in new layers in Maps, in voice and icon shortcuts, and “Buzz on a Place Page.”

If you have access to Buzz, please let us know what you think of it in the comments.

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