Buzz Articles

Google Launches Buzz Widget For Android
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Google has released a Google Buzz widget for Android phones aimed at making it easier for users to update their status and share content with others.

The Google Buzz widget allows users to post text and photos with a single tap, directly from the Android home screen.

The Google Mobile Blog provides more details. "Like other mobile access points for Google Buzz, the widget lets you choose to tag your post with the location or place from which it was posted."

FTC Commissioner Takes Issue With Schmidt, Buzz
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FTC Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour will leave the agency next month, but that’s almost surely not soon enough for Google.  Today, Harbour criticized Eric Schmidt and the rollout of Buzz, and also asked her colleagues to adopt a tougher stance on some privacy-related offenses.

Google Getting Wrong Kind Of Buzz
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The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that Google’s new social networking service Buzz violates federal consumer protection law.

The EPIC complaint calls on the Trade Commission to require Google to make the Buzz service fully opt-in, to stop using Gmail users’ private address book contacts to gather social networking lists, and to give Google users more control over their personal data.

What People Talked About on Twitter Most in 2009
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Twitter has broken down the top ten trending topics of 2009 for a variety of categories: news events, people, movies, tv shows, sports, and technology, as well as the top ten hashtags used.

Death, Disease, Money, and Twitter on Bing

Microsoft’s Bing has revealed a top ten list of the most popular trending topics of 2009. To determine these, Bing analyzed billions of search queries and developed the list based on searches made with the Bing search (I mean decision) engine.

Soupy Sales Dies, Web Responds
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Comedian Soupy Sales has passed away at the age of 83, reportedly at a Hospice in New York. 

Provide your condolences at the Famous Dead website – www.FamousDead.com …

The web is abuzz with fond memories and sadness of his death.  The rate at which the Tweets about him are rolling in provide evidence to that.

“Kanye West Died” Rumor Used as a Scareware Tactic
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A lot of people have been searching for queries like "kanye west died," "kanye west car accident," "kanye dead," etc. Obviously, this is an indication of a widespread rumor that Kanye West did in fact die (which he didn’t). It appears that the rumor was used to perpetuate a "scareware" tactic.

New Michael Jackson Song Hits Web
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Talk about Michael Jackson took the web by storm after the King of Pop’s death, and it’s back again as a new (or previously unreleased, rather) song from him has been released on the web. The song is called "This is It," and it’s from the upcoming Jackson film of the same name.

UFL Debuts Tonight, Partners with AOL
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Football has been a common theme in the United States in search trends and traffic, as discussed recently. That has mainly been related to the National Football League and college football. However, a new league debuts tonight, and while it may not come close to achieving the amount of popularity of these other two, a fair amount of people will likely be searching for information about it tomorrow (and late tonight).

Nobel Prize Announcements: Watch Videos on YouTube

Today through October 12, anybody interested in finding out who wins the Nobel Prizes can do so by tuning into YouTube. Throughout the week, Nobel Prizes will be announced live on the popular video site.

There is a Nobel Prize YouTube channel set up, which streams announcements for each prize live in real-time. Of course once they have been announced, you can still go back and watch them. For example, here is a clip for the Nobel Prize in Physiology or medicine:

Watch: Newark Mayor Beefs with Conan O’Brien Via YouTube
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Conan O’Brien, the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show has been engaging in something of a feud with the mayor of Newark, New Jersey. Conan made a joke about Newark, and Mayor Cory Booker retaliated via YouTube.

Web Searches for Dead Manson Follower Susan Atkins

Susan Atkins, one of the members of the Manson Family (followers of Charles Manson), who infamously killed Sharon Tate in 1969 has been reported dead, and as a reflection of the morbid curiosity of the general public, Google shows that Atkins searches have become a hot trend (current rating: "spicy").

Susan Atkins Death - Hot Trends

Related searches appear on the list at least five other times.

Skittles – Didn’t Taste The Rainbow On Twitter

The question was asked here yesterday by Joe Hall and there were as many opinions asskittles there are colors in a bag of Skittles but as of this morning the jury is in.

Invisibility Cloaks and Bad Ideas
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The trailer for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince debuted on the Internet a couple weeks ago and created some buzz unsurprisingly, and you can bet that as the movie nears its November 21st release date that the Internet buzz will be at full capacity.

News And Media Crowd Fond Of Yahoo Buzz

New Hitwise statistics create an interesting comparison between Digg and Yahoo Buzz.  Depending on which side of the "blogs and personal websites" and "news and media" divide a site stands, it seems the second entity is either almost worthless or nearly as valuable as the first.

Buzz Begins With Yahoo Open Content

The company’s open content strategy picked up steam with the debut of the social media site Yahoo Buzz.

Yahoo To Launch Digg Competitor

Valleywag is reporting that Yahoo is planning on launching Yahoo Buzz, a social news site that will rank news based on popular search results and user voting. Buzz will be designed to compete with Digg, which is all well and good, except that it will have a particularly nauseating twist: Only sites that run Yahoo Publisher Network ads will be shown on the site.

Using WoM to Create Buzz

“There is only one thing worse than being talked about, that is not being talked about”
-Oscar Wilde

Yesterday I heard Andy Sernovitz speak about word of mouth marketing – one of the most imaginative ways to attract customers. Just like we want to be friends with and around people we like, we buy from companies we like.

Yahoo Buzzes With Presidential Politics

A political dashboard from Yahoo shows who’s being favored in the major Presidential polls along with various trends and analysis of the candidates.

Nielsen: ‘Earl’, ‘Idol’ Tops In TV Buzz

When people talked about their favorite TV shows online, Jason Lee’s sitcom rated first in Nielsen’s top ten list.

Google Assists With Florida’s Public Records
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You know those “fleecing of America” stories?  This isn’t one of them.  For absolutely no charge, Google is helping make Florida’s public records more accessible.