This is how I feel about Google Buzz:
Google Buzz is like Gmail had unprotected sex with all my social networks.
I realize Google makes money by running ads against content I search for, or running ads in services I use, like Gmail or Google Reader. Servers don’t run and maintain themselves for free, so I get that they need to do this, and probably want to make some good money while they are at it.
But the way Google rolled out Buzz was insane. Instead of a new service that integrated with the old ones, Buzz permanently ties to my Gmail account, which is my primary e-mail account. Granted, all these people were already in contact with me a lot through email, but I didn’t need to give them all immediate access to my thoughts in their e-mail too, when they probably get my thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.
I’m not buying that users are embracing Buzz. It seems most people I know wrote, “OMG! I’m on Google Buzz!” and then they were finished. My friends who are big on Buzz were big on sharing and commenting on Google Reader already. I’ll agree that Buzz probably had 9 million posts and comments at first, but how long will it play out when it’s not new and shiny?
I could already read shared items from my contacts I chose to share with in Google Reader. I don’t need to send them with the whole internet, they’re already out there for the whole internet to read. Most of my friends share photos on flickr or Facebook, so I don’t need to share them on Buzz. Finally, I can post links basically anywhere. So, Buzz just does the same thing, but now it’s invading Gmail.
So, now I have to deal with more unwanted clutter in my Gmail, which already gets a lot of clutter because I’ve been using Gmail for 6 years.
I don’t care that I can turn Buzz off because I never wanted it in the first place. Google has more than enough ways to get my eyes and make money advertising from me. I want Gmail to do one thing well. That thing is E-mail.
Google, you couldn’t Orkut it in the first place, and now you’re nearing my personal buzzsaw. Stop sleeping around with my contacts, and stay the hell away from my email.