Hey, There's a Facebook in my Gmail! Is Anyone Buzzing Over Google Buzz?
It's also represents the company's latest foray into the social media realm with updates similar to Facebook and the ability to embed media and links. It's curious that this is happening just as Facebook is talking about rolling out a full-fledged email service. (Up until now Facebook has only had an internal simple -- ie. crippled -- message service.) This seems like it's shaping up to be a battle royale between Facebook and Google for the entire Internet.
The fact is that most people only have the time and patience for a single status update service. For some, Twitter works very well with it's super simple interface and the choice to be completely public or private. But Facebook has gained more users and more traffic by creating an illusion of privacy and lots of bells and whistles. In this respect Google Buzz is more like Facebook since it happens inside your Gmail, and because of that, you start by following and being followed by people who are already your Gmail contacts. It's hard to see people flocking to yet another status service even if it is run by Google.