Google yesterday announced its new Buzz social networking tool to much fanfare and media spotlight. If you missed it, or were on a plane, ZDNet's Sam Diaz live blogged the Google event and Olive Marks wonders if Buzz is useful or if it just clutters up your life.
Here's the pitch:
Google Buzz for mobile allows you to post buzz and keep up with your friends when you're away from your computer. It also uses your location to identify places around you. You can select one of these places and attach it as location tag to your posts, or read what others have posted about the place.
What jumped out at me was that Google skipped releasing a native iPhone app for Buzz the App Store. Is this just another way that the Google/Apple relationship has chilled lately?
I wonder if Google even considered releasing a native Buzz app after having Google Voice and effectively blocked from the App Store. Since then Google has released Voice, Latitude and now Buzz as Web-only apps.
Matthew Miller noted that Buzz doesn't work for Blackberry or WebOS yet. Currently, the best way to experience on Buzz is in Gmail or via an iPhone or Android-powered device. Simply point your mobile browser to buzz.google.com. More information is on the Google Buzz for mobile site.