Google Buzz. Google Buzz was introduced in the year 2010 as the fifth attempt of Google for a social networking site. Today when I visited Buzz I saw a shocking notification saying that Google is gonna retire Buzz in a few weeks. Here is the notice which I received.
Well Google says that Buzz will be closed and the users will not be able to make further posts in Buzz but they can have access to their older posts which they made through two different ways. 1. Google Profile : Every one who has a Google account has a Google profile. Login to your Google profile using this link and you will see your dashboard out there. In the header tabs click on Buzz and there you will be able to see your posts.
2. Google Takeout : Google Takeout was a service introduced by Google which enables you to download your information from different Google services. You can download your information from services like Google +, Buzz, Gmail contacts, Picasa etc. Login to Google Takeout using your Google account from this link. Now you can see different services from which you can download your data. Click on the choose services button and you will be able to select services from which you want to download data’s.
Select Buzz and click the create archive button. Then you will be taken to a page where you will have the option to download the data. A short history on Google Buzz :In its fifth attempt at social networking and second at micro blogging Google launched Buzz, integrated with Gmail. The service integrates feeds from websites including Picasa, Flickr, Google Reader, Youtube and others. I was a diehard fan of Google Buzz even after the arrival of Google +. But because of the arrival of Google +, Google planned to close Buzz as they thought only less number of users were interested in Buzz.
Here is a short passage from wikipedia which says about the history of Google Buzz :
Google Buzz was announced on February 9, 2010, in a press conference at the company’s Mountain View headquarters and launched on the same day, at 11 a.m. PT for the first set of users. The feature, available from the Gmail inbox, was rolled out to Gmail accounts in the following weeks. A mobile version of the site optimized for Android phones and Apple’s iPhone was also launched, while a version for businesses and schools that use Google Apps was only planned.Within 56 hours of its release, 9 million posts were made on Google Buzz — approximately 160,000 posts and comments per hour. On October 14, 2011, Google announced that Google Buzz would be shut down together with the Buzz API “in a few weeks”, in order to focus on Google+ instead. Bradley Horowitz, Google’s Vice President, Product, explained the ramifications, “While people obviously won’t be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.” He further indicated “We learned a lot from products like Buzz, and are putting that learning to work every day in our vision for products like Google+.