Since this is my first post, I’m gonna start out by sharing a little about myself then I’ll start my rant.
As Steve mentioned in his previous post, I “wear a lot of hats” here at Worldstart. As a matter of fact, most people that work here have lots of hats. I think that’s what makes WS an interesting place.
Some of you may know me as “tech support”, “security article guy” or “free download article guy”. When I started here, that is what I was hired for. But… that quickly changed and now I do a few more things that many of you may not know about. For one, I do a lot of the web page development here. That means that I make the web pages work (please don’t confuse that with making the web pages look cool, that’s Mike’s job). I also help out with the products we sell and I look over the newsletters before anyone else sees them (are you jealous?).
Well, that’s enough of that. Let me get back on track here.
Another thing that I am pretty well known for around the office is my love of Google. I use Google for nearly everything. Email, chatting, documents, spreadsheets, maps, dictionary look-ups, advertising, pictures, videos and of course searching are just a handful of things that I use Google for every day. Heck, I even have everyone at WS using Google for work too!
So, being this big of a fan means that I get super excited whenever Google launches a new product. That’s why when I saw the new Google Buzz, I immediately dropped everything and tried it out. It seemed like a great idea. If I already have everything on Google, why not use a social network made by them for sharing my stuff?
I dove right in and clicked the buzz icon in my email. It immediately took me to a page and asked me to add my friends. I thought “awsome, this is so easy!” and that’s when it hit me. Just because I’m a huge fan of Google doesn’t mean that my friends are.
I started looking at the options to add my friends. My only choices were to add people that already had Google mail or invite my friends. If I invited them, they would need to make a Google profile and join Buzz so I could see what they were doing. This just made me feel like Google Buzz was a hassle.
That’s when I reached my verdict. Social networking has already been done by Myspace and Facebook. We don’t need Google getting involved. I already waste enough time on Facebook looking at my friends’ status messages, why would I want another place where they could tell me (again) what they were doing that day?
I think that Google does great with the features they offer currently and I’m sure they will come out with many more that I will love. I just think that the most important part is that I love them. I don’t want to be responsible for making sure other people use them.
Sure, if i tell a friend about an awesome product and they use it, that’s great. Just don’t require me to tell someone about it so I will like it more. Now, I’m sure that others will disagree with what I’m saying here, but I just can’t justify endorsing Google Buzz.
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