Google's failed social networking platform will officially walk the plank this year, as all Buzz posts move over to Drive.
Google Buzz's 'auto follow' feature raised a number of privacy concerns when the search giant launched the social network initiative earlier this year, with Google now paying up £5.2 million to privacy campaigners in a settlement over the matter.
Google has rolled out powerful developer tools for Google Buzz, including the much-requested Google Buzz 'firehose'.
Google has added additional Buzz support to the mobile browser version of Gmail for the iPhone and Android handsets.
ExclusiveGoogle is keen that the usage of Buzz spreads beyond Gmail users and so it's actively looking at ways to achieve that. One possibility is that either Google itself or third-party developers will release Buzz clients
SXSWi 2010In a panel at South by South West Interactive called 'Gmail: Behind the Scenes', Gmail engineer Jonathan Perlow dropped a jaw-dropping fact: Google had been working on Buzz for four years before it launched
Yahoo is planning to integrate Twitter into all its sites, meaning users can read and write Tweets without having to leave Yahoo.
Google's Bradley Horowitz has insisted that Google Buzz is not a direct competitor for the likes of Facebook and Twitter, but that it fills a niche 'not currently met by market'.