Will Buzz Follow Google Wave Into Oblivion?

After the decision by Google to drop its cross platform communication tool, Wave, only 15 months after it was launched, it will be intriguing to see whether Google will be canning the other "inbetweener" web service from Google, Buzz.

Like Wavety, Buzz does not appear to have any core aspirations other than allowing Gmail users to "go beyond status messages" and allowing them to start sharing updates, photos and videos.

Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Operations & Google Fellow, said that the principal reason why Google Wave was retired was because it did not attract the number of users that had been expected from it; in other words, it failed on the most important metrics of them all.

We know that Buzz was big when it first launched, attracting more than 200 posts per minute on mobile phone and getting a staggering 160,000 comments and posts per hour.

But then things didn't turn out as expected especially when you have Twitter and Facebook as your main competition; a quick look at the front page of the two biggest players on the market (techcrunch and mashable) shows that twitter lies far ahead of Facebook and Twitter when it comes to the sharing power.

Pete Cashmore, Mr Mashable, has more than two million followers on Twitter but only 24,000 on Google Buzz.

Combined with the fact that Buzz has been in the news over the past few months for privacy reasons and you might just wonder when, rather than whether, Buzz will be canned by Google.