Google Buzz was launched today, and people have already begun complaining about the lack of options to disable Buzz from sending you email updates. If you are a Google Buzz user, here is how you can hide updates from Google Buzz from showing up in your Gmail Inbox.
Google has a reserved label for Google Buzz updates called "buzz", in order to hide email updates from Google Buzz, you will have to create a filter using "label:buzz" and then archive all the emails automatically. To create the filter, follow the steps given below.
Step 1: Create a filter in Gmail, and use the and enter "label:buzz" in the "Has the words" text box. Ignore the alert that is shown by Google and click the Ok button to continue to the next step.
Step 2: On the next screen, select the checkbox next to "Skip the Inbox (Archive it)". You might also want to select the checkbox next to "Also apply filter to xx conversation below." to archive the current Google Buzz updates.
Step 3: Click on Create Filter and you are all done, new updates from Google Buzz will be automatically archived the next time.
If you want to search for new Google Buzz updates in Gmail, you can search for "label:buzz" and all the Google Buzz updates will be displayed to you.
The one thing that I really like about Google is that, they have APIs which allow developers to access user data for most of the Google Products. With the announcement of Google Buzz today, it was more natural for them to have an API to access and write data to Google Buzz profiles.
If you are a developer, you can access and develop applications using the Google Buzz API. The Buzz API provides users with an option to Syndicate Buzz updates with Activity Streams and RSS feeds including Google’s own PubSubHubbub.
In addition to that users can also Connect to Buzz and share RSS feeds and make use of the Social Graph API. However, there are quite a few missing features such as Activity Streams, Atom Publishing and oAuth authentication, which will be added to the API in the near future.
Right now, the Buzz API has limited documentation, however, it more documentation will be added in future as newer features are included in the API. If you are developer and want to write applications for Google Buzz, head over and take a look at the Google Buzz API.
Google Buzz is already making a buzz on the web, the product demo was definitely a real treat and the final product will not only be useful for geeks, it will also come in handy for non-technical users as well.
However, Yahoo has had a similar feature called Yahoo Updates for over a year now, and they have sent out a note to Business Insider, which lays out the features that are available in Google Buzz, but were already present in Yahoo Updates for a year.
It’s been almost a year and a half since we first launched Yahoo! Updates a social feature that lets people share their status, content and online activities and stay connected to what their friends and family are doing on Yahoo! and across the Web and we wanted to share the latest on what’s happening with Updates:
There are now more than 200 Yahoo! and third-party sites that feed into Yahoo! Updates like Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, Yelp and Yahoo! Buzz allowing people to see and share updates such as when they’ve uploaded photos, changed their status, buzzed up a news story or posted a new restaurant review, all from Yahoo!
Yahoo! Updates now appear throughout the Yahoo! network, in popular sites and services like Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo.com, and Yahoo! Messenger and across our content properties, meaning people can always keep up to date with their friends’ latest activities
Yahoo! Updates are featured prominently on the What’s Newsection of Yahoo! Mail, which is used by more than 300M people worldwide. People can also update their status and share it with friends and family directly from the What’s Newtab
Yahoo! Updates are now available globally
Additionally, Yahoo! recently announced an expanded integration with Facebook that will allow people to connect with Facebook friends on Yahoo! and share Yahoo! content with Facebook friends as well
Ultimately, Yahoo! sees social as an enabler and as a dimension that is part of everything we doâ€”and everything people do online.
As you can see from the email, Yahoo does not really think much about the new "Google Buzz" and have been working on the product for quite some time now, however, comparing both these products at this point would not be right. However, Google has definitely done a lot of thinking and has always been under pressure from social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, who have overtaken the popularity of Google.
Unlike Google Buzz, Yahoo Updates is also integrated into Yahoo Messenger 10. Google Buzz is definitely a product to watch out for, and unlike Google Wave, this might not be a failure, however, it would be interesting to see how it stacks up against Yahoo Updates amongst other things.
Google Buzz is here and it is a direct competitor to both Facebook and Twitter, if you have not yet heard about Google Buzz, it is a social networking product from Google which will directly integrate into Google products like Gmail and Google Apps.
You can learn more about Google Buzz by visiting our earlier coverage here. However, now that Google Buzz is live and online you can read all the details about it by visiting http://buzz.google.com. The page has a introductory video which should go online in some time.
The Google Buzz Event is live right now, we are doing some coverage here. You can watch the Google Announcement of new Social networking tools for Gmail and other Google related products, both desktop and mobile, live online at YouTube.
When you use Google Buzz, it will have an option to auto-follow people you email and chat with and provide a rich and fast sharing experience.
Google Buzz will also pull in your social activity from other websites, and looks pretty similar to the Facebook News Feed. This is definitely interesting as you will be able to see what your contacts are doing without having to leave Gmail.
Google Buzz will also have a feature to share links with your followers, when you add a link, it will allow you to select the picture which you want to share with the link, this again is a feature similar to Facebook Share. However, unlike Facebook, you can choose to share the link publicly or privately. This is akin to sharing something with just your followers and not everyone.
Gmail will have features like Google Wave, where you can share emails with your followers and they can comment on them in real-time. Just like Twitter, Google Buzz will have @replies which will be sent to the mentioned users Inbox.
Looks like Google Buzz is also taking on the location sharing giant Four Square with the mobile version of Buzz, it will allow you to share your location with your followers