Shortly after Google launched its Gmail social networking tool Buzz, Yahoo Inc and Microsoft Corp., have lashed out the search engine giant, mocking the newly launched social networking tool.
Microsoft Corp, the world’s largest software company, commenting on Google Buzz, said in a statement that “Busy people don't want another social network, what they want is the convenience of aggregation. We've done that. Hotmail customers have benefited from Microsoft working with Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and 75 other partners since 2008.”
Yahoo Inc., on the other hand, lashed out on Google via Twitter, claiming that Yahoo launched Buzz two years before Google and asked Yahoo followers to checkout the ‘real’ Buzz by Yahoo.
Interestingly, both these companies have a very good reason to feel threatened by Google Buzz because as of now Google has rolled-out Buzz for only ‘some’ Gmail users, that comes out to be an impressive 176 million Gmail users, clearly not bad for a trial roll-out.
With Google Buzz, the search engine giant is planning to challenge the mighty Facebook, which remains undisputed as the world’s largest social networking client with over 350 million users worldwide.
Google Buzz is a Gmail tool which will allow users to post links, video and social updates and promises an easy-to-understand user interface with a tight Gmail integration.
We came across some interesting statistics straight from Microsoft and which was published almost at the same time as Google Announced Buzz. It showed that Microsoft Live Messenger has more than 300 million users worldwide, not far behind Facebook and well ahead Gmail. Interesting indeed.