Busy people don't want another social network, what they want is the
convenience of aggregation," Microsoft said in a statement. "We've done
that. Hotmail customers have benefited from Microsoft working with
Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and 75 other partners since 2008."|
Yahoo tweeted a similar gibe.
"Two years after #Yahoo! launched #Buzz, Google follows suit. Check out the original: http://buzz.yahoo.com/"
even as Yahoo and Microsoft came out swinging Tuesday, neither has
quite been able to deliver the knock-out punch: Both have had very
limited success so far in the social networking sphere.
launched Yahoo Buzz in 2008 as part of Yahoo Updates in an attempt to
filter hundreds of social networks through Yahoo Mail, Messenger and
Yahoo.com. But the company signaled in December that its social
networking experiment wasn't working when it announced it would "deeply
integrate" Facebook Connect into Yahoo Updates.
Microsoft's Windows Live hasn't exactly taken the world by storm.
Microsoft is right in saying the social networks that Google Buzz would
integrate with Gmail have been integrated into Hotmail for years.
Buzz goes even further and threatens the ground that Facebook walks on.
Microsoft made a $240 million investment in Facebook, giving Microsoft
a million reasons for wanting to play down Google's new social network.
To be fair, Google has had its share of social network failure as well, with its wildly unpopular Orkut social network.
a new Google social network that is fully integrated with Gmail,
Google, Google Maps and other social networks has the blogosphere
intrigued. As Google began to announce it, Google Buzz immediately
became the most popular trend on Twitter. And if Yahoo and
Microsoft sound nervous, it's with good reason. Since Google Buzz
integrates with Gmail without the need for users to sign up, Google
just added 176 million users (according to com Score) to its new social
network on Tuesday -- not a bad start
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