Google plans to offer Buzz within Gmail, and independent version

Following the substantial privacy concerns voiced about Google Buzz, Google now says it may allow people to participate in Google Buzz without having it integrated within Gmail, in addition to offering a combined Gmail service. “It’s clear that interest in Buzz may extend beyond the current Gmail base, and we’re open to serving that community,” […]

Following the substantial privacy concerns voiced about Google Buzz, Google now says it may allow people to participate in Google Buzz without having it integrated within Gmail, in addition to offering a combined Gmail service. “It’s clear that interest in Buzz may extend beyond the current Gmail base, and we’re open to serving that community,” said Bradley Horowitz. Horowitz stressed that Google would still offer a version of Buzz within Gmail, in addition to any independent version. “We think that Buzz within Gmail's a great experience, and we’ll keep offering that as well,” Horowitz said. Google allowing users to claim new names that’re not part before the @ sign in their Gmail email address. One issue with Buzz is that it may be difficult for companies to have profiles that match their trademarks, or famous people might have similar issues. Indeed, anyone who’s established on one social network may discover that their name on new Google Buzz network is long gone, since Buzz uses names that’re linked to Gmail accounts. By offering a version of Buzz separate from Gmail, Google could address some of these issues. Horowitz said that if an independent Buzz system was offered, existing profiles would likely redirect or work with new names that might be registered,” reports SEL blog.