Search engine giant Google has rolled out a brand new tool for its Gmail mail service which will allow users to share photos, web links, videos and status updates, among other features.
With this tool, Google attempts to carve a niche for it self in the lucrative social networking market which is currently dominated by Facebook.
Buzz, the social networking tool launched by Google, has currently been made available to only one percent Gmail inboxes for a ‘test drive’ with plans of rolling out the tool for rest of Gmail account holders within a week.
Commenting on the new social networking tool, Google in an official blog post that “With more and more communication happening online, the social web has exploded as the primary way to share interesting stuff, tell the world what you're up to in real-time and stay more connected to more people.”
According to Google, Buzz is designed to offer a complete set of social networking features which will allow users to stay connected with their friends and family right from their Gmail inbox.
Buzz is Google’s way of targeting Facebook and Twitter by offering users similar functionality to users, right from their inbox. Find out more about Buzz here.
The California based company also plans to offer Google Buzz to businesses and schools using Google Apps with a bunch of additional features that will help in internal communication. Buzz appears to be the intermediate step between the current Gmail and Wavety.