Search engine giant Google has updated its Gmail mail service with a bunch of tools designed to turn its users into one big happy family.
Options allowing users to share photos, videos and status updates look like a cumbersome attempt to blend the 146 million monthly Gmailers into a Facebook-alike gossip network.
Buzz has currently been made available to only one percent Gmail inboxes for a ‘test drive’ with plans to roll out the toolkit for rest of Gmail account holders once it's created a sufficient, er, buzz.
Google in an official blog post said; “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 friends and family from their Gmail inbox.