Like other Gmail users everywhere, I've been experimenting with Google Buzz over the past few weeks. I’m not sure I love it yet—in fact, I’m pretty sure I don’t. It has numerous issues and annoyances.
At this point, it’s definitely not the greatest thing since sliced bread. (Which begs the question: what was so great before sliced bread?)
The thing is, though, it’s Google. And it’s 100% integrated with Gmail, which I use as a base for 100% of my email. Whether you use Gmail as much as I do or not, if you care about reaching people for life or work, you should check it out. If you end up hating it, well, don’t use it. Nothing is mandatory.
The best justification I’ve heard for Google Buzz thus far comes from Thomas Hawk, a great photographer I’ve been following for a while. Thomas says that the reason you should care about Google Buzz is because you want to be where the ball is going, not where it is now.
I totally agree. Even if the service isn’t amazing yet, it has real potential. If you have a blog, a business, a project, you are in the business of building relationships. Google Buzz isn’t the only way to do that, of course, but it’s one easy way. I suspect in the future that Google will improve the service as more and more people adopt it, so you might as well get in on it now.
Anyway, if you want to give it a try, log-in to your Gmail and join me here.