I'm trying Google Buzz and a few integrations with various other tools here. Apologies for any duplicate posts in the Twitter/Google/Links sections on the right. My initial thoughts:
- There are many hooks - from Picassa to Google Mail to registered websites. That's nice, but it also takes a bit to understand why, and if, these need to be hooked together. That's what I'm going through now.
- I like that it bring in Twitter posts. I can remove the Twitter feed and just have the Google Buzz feed, which would include the Twitter posts. See "1", above.
Much like the Apple iPad announcement, there are a lot of folks screaming and yelling that Google is too late to the social party. I'm not sure I agree with that - there are a lot of Google web properties/communities where Buzz could help tie together.
Still, like other social networking tools, it's best to figure out what purpose it has for you, before diving in with both feet.