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Thoughts on Google Buzz: 120 Days Later

When I last wrote about Buzz, I was cautiously optimistic.

I still am.

I continue to use it after four months, but not many other people do. Of the things that I noted that I did not like about Buzz, only #1 has been resolved. I live with the rest. A few thoughts on Google Buzz usage:

  • Buzz has its own place in my social media landscape– I use it to share links with a known, finite set of people. My wife, my parents, and about 3 friends.
  • Engagement is fairly high among this small group.
  • The only distinguishing feature of this group is that they are all avid GMail users.
  • The only reason I am able to sustain sharing on Buzz is because I am an avid GMail, and more importantly, Google Reader user.
  • The role of Buzz is very different from Twitter, Facebook or others in my social media universe. On Twitter (and my blogs), I talk to the world and the world may or may not listen. On Facebook, I talk to my subset of the world, and the most random embers from my past glow in response. On Buzz, I send specific links curated for a specific set of people. I know who they are, and post links for them. It is so much more like email; no wonder it lives in GMail.
  • I have 41 followers. I know almost all of them personally.
  • I follow 48 people, but only a handful post anything regularly. Almost all the people who post regularly, do so because they share from Google Reader. Put another way, they would be sharing links on Reader even if Buzz did not exist.

Twitter Vote Report Ramping Up

I have already written about it, but the Twitter Vote Report project is picking up steam, with a lot of highly talented individuals and organizations involved. The idea is to:

As news outlets and blogs will report on Election Day stories, we are building an invaluable resource for thousands of voters to get immediate help. From questions like “where do I vote” or “how do I make sure that my rights are being upheld,” Twitter Voter Report augments these efforts by providing a new way for voters to send text messages (aka tweets) via cellphones or computers which will be aggregated and mapped so that everyone can see the Nation’s voting problems in real-time.

You can help:

Right now, you can help out by adding to this set of dummy test data that will be used to test some of the code.

The Twitter Vote Report Project

As I had mentioned a few days ago in my round-up of citizen journalism efforts for the 2008 elections here in the United States, Twitter is proving to be ground-zero for the election zeitgeist.

Now we get the Twitter Vote Report project, which has introduced a few tags for election-day reporting about voting issues.

  • #votereport- for reporting basic voting issues
  • #machine- for reporting voting machine issues
  • #registration- for registration problems
  • #wait:time- for waiting time, where ‘time’ is number of minutes
  • #EP[two letter state code]- for serious legal issues in that state (e.g. EPOH in Ohio)
  • zipcode: to denote your exact location

A lot more is being planned to mine, use and act upon this information. There is a code jamming session on the 24th of October and guides are being developed for situations in which the above codes should be used.

techPresident highlights some of the issues that still need to be worked out:

  • How do you get real people to use this, as opposed to the twitterati.
  • Do we let the response be organic or organized?
  • How to clarify the intent of this project (as opposed to the many others being organized)

And so forth. It’s all worth watching and participating in.

Possibly the most fascinating …

Possibly the most fascinating Ebert review ever (read through to the end): http://tinyurl.com/4znebf

In case you were confused, the…

In case you were confused, the studio just changed the name of Tarantino’s next movie from “Inglorious Bastards” to “Inglorious Basterds”.

The World’s Tallest Obama Supp…

The World’s Tallest Obama Supporter: http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/1008/Michelle_Obama_not_actually_all_that_tall.html

Why is Barack Obama advertisin…

Why is Barack Obama advertising on the radio in *Massachusetts*?

Financial news headlines today…

Financial news headlines today obsolete in minutes. The Dow surged 200 points in the past few minutes, but headlines say “losses extended”.

That One ’08, remixed

That One ’08, remixed: http://tinyurl.com/425bvg

Barack Skywalker: A New Hope: …

Barack Skywalker: A New Hope: http://tinyurl.com/4yax9d