Google revolutionized the email arena with the launch of Gmail a little over 5 years ago. However, in the recent past other services like MSN and Yahoo have been adding features that Google has forgone or not really been interested in integrating in to the Gmail platform. The last few weeks we have all been reading about Gmail allowing status updates. Google has gone and done one better and enabled Buzz in Gmail accounts.
Google Buzz is more akin to the kind of social update sharing and time-line visibility that is offered by social websites and comes close to the functionality offered by Google Wave. It is definitely much more than just status updates. Buzz integrates your details from your Google profile page and displays the people whose updates you are following and also those people who are following you.
I like this a lot more than I liked Wave. I really didn’t get the point of Wave. This is more useful in my opinion. Integrated into Gmail (which I access a hundred times a day), just the right amount of functionality to share your thoughts and interesting links and the power to work with images directly in the update, not to mention the commenting by contacts, makes Buzz a great addition to Gmail.