Google Buzz

Anyone with a Google account may have noticed a new option in the last few days. The TechCrunch website says that ‘if Google wave is the future, then Google Buzz is the present’. A cross between Twitter, Facebook and other social networking tools, Google hope that Gmail users will find Buzz ‘the easiest way to share online’.

Google Gets Social

Read the excellent TechCrunch article here.

Thanks to @libraryfuture for the link to this YouTube video from Google:


For users of Twitter, TuneIn is a cool little tool.  You can divide the people you follow into channels, such as family, friends, work contacts, networks, etc. However, TuneIn also lets you see links to videos, websites, articles and so on that your contacts have shared.

Bright Ideas TuneIn page

Bright Ideas TuneIn page

One of the ideas behind TuneIn is that there is so many people and tweets to follow in Twitter, that some of the best links and ideas may get lost. By ‘cataloguing’ people into sections and by using the TuneIn desktop where articles, videos and images live in their own dedicated section, mining the gold from Twitter should become easier. 

Media page

Media page

TechCrunch explains TuneIn succinctly:

Using the site should be pretty straightforward for anyone who has used the main Twitter web interface. You’ll see your normal Twitter feed in the center of the page, but on the right side you’ll also see a list of the latest article links, videos, and photos that your Twitter friends have shared. You can choose to sort these shared links by popularity (the more Tweets a link gets, the more popular it becomes) or simply by time. And if you’d prefer to see media shared by only a select group of the people you follow, you can break Twitter users into groups (called Channels).

If you’d like to browse only media and ignore other tweets entirely, you can do that too by hitting the ‘media’ tab on the left hand side of the page. Content is filtered into three columns: ‘articles’, ‘video’, and ‘images’, or you can arrange everything into a handy grid with thumbnails of each item.

At present, access is by invitation only, however you can apply for an invitation. Hopefully TuneIn may be a way to stop us from drowning in tweets!