Six months after its debut, it's becoming clear that Google Buzz has yet to become the social-media breakthrough that Google craves.
That's because if a Buzz falls on the Internet and nobody hears it, it never really happened. Popular tech podcaster and blogger Leo Laporte discovered over the weekend that two weeks' worth of Buzz posts set to be public never actually showed up in his public feed.
After investigating, Google discovered on Monday a "rare" but clearly significant bug in Buzz: if one of Laporte's Buzz followers deleted his or her Google Account, the system would not deliver public posts to the rest of Laporte's followers, Google said in the comment stream of a Buzz post from Laporte Monday. The company is in the process of fixing the bug, it said. Perhaps the real story, however, is that six months went by without anybody running into such a serious bug.
For more on this story, read Google Buzz bug spotlights tepid usage on CNET News.