Google Buzz 'How To, unofficial FAQ guide & tips'

Buzz is Google’s new social network and it’s already created a stir. Here’re some tips to help you use Google Buzz in more interesting ways:Send direct messages – type @ and use Gmail's autocomplete feature to find email address of your contact. After typing the message, make sure that the private option is selected, click on […]

Buzz is Google’s new social network and it’s already created a stir. Here’re some tips to help you use Google Buzz in more interesting ways:

  1. Send direct messages – type @ and use Gmail's autocomplete feature to find email address of your contact. After typing the message, make sure that the private option is selected, click on "Post to other groups" and create an empty group. You could call it "No one", "Empty group" etc. Now you can send your message.
  2. Sharing into Buzz: simply type into the field at the top of your Buzz Stream. Another way of sharing content in Google Buzz is by importing activity from other social networks you might use, e.g. Twitter or Flickr. You can also import any RSS feed into Buzz. Or use Shareaholic extension and bookmarklet to share into Google Buzz.
  3. Disable email notifications: create a filter that archives or deletes all the messages that’re labeled "buzz". Make sure you type label:buzz (or is:buzz) in the "Has the words" box and ignore Gmail's warning.
  4. Add more connected sites: make sure to add site links into your Google Profile or to one of the services that’re associated with your Google Profile. Google explains how to add a link to your profile and how to include a special markup (rel="me") that offers more information about link: <link rel="me" type="text/html" href="http://www.google.com/profiles/your.username" />. Unfortunately, you can't connect the site immediately after you add the link. Google needs to crawl the site before updating the connections. "When the site is re-crawled the mutual claim will be verified and feeds associated with the site will be made available within Google Buzz for the verified user."
  5. Grab someone’s attention: do a twitter mention by typing an “@” symbol and start typing name you've saved in your contacts. (note: If you don’t have person in your gmail contacts, just look for the username in status bar when you hover over a name and enter @<username>@gmail.com)
  6. Searching Buzz:
    source:buzz, source:friendfeed, -source:twitter source:reader <– To find items from a particular source.
    is:buzz – Type this while searching from your email inbox to find Buzz posts that were emails.
    author: – finds all posts in your stream authored by person whose name you enter.
    commenter: – finds all posts in your reading stream that person commented on.
    has: [link/video/image] – finds all posts with either a link, video, or image.
  7. Quickly open Google Buzz: If you've enabled keyboard shortcuts in Gmail, type g b from any Gmail view and you'll open Google Buzz. Some other useful shortcuts:
    Shift+l - like a message
    j to move to the next share
    k to move back to the previous share
    m - mute (ignore) a conversation
    r - add a comment
    p / n - go to the newer / older conversation
    o - expand conversation
  8. View Your Own Buzz Posts: Click on your name above share field.
  9. Email Share – simply send a status update of file into Buzz by emailing buzz@gmail.com with your registered email address.
  10. Hide Google Buzz's counter: Drag "Buzz" to the "X more" drop-down and you can hide Buzz label.
  11. Formatting: Buzz lets you format text in three different ways; bold, italic and strike-through:
    To make something bold, simply enclosing it with asterisks (*) eg. *TheNextWeb*
    To italicize a word, simply enclose it with _ eg. _TheNextWeb_
    To strike through text, enclose the word with – eg. -TheNextWeb-
  12. Subscribe to a Google Buzz account in a feed reader: Open profile page and click on orange icon displayed in your browser to subscribe to feed. Google Buzz feed address looks like: http://buzz.googleapis.com/feeds/<USERNAME>/public/posted
  13. Find public Google Buzz messages: Some useful searches:
    author:<insertname>@gmail.com - find all messages written by a specific user (can also use partial name instead of an email address)
    commenter:<insertname>@gmail.com - find all messages that’ve a comment from a specific user
    has:photo, has:video, has:link - restricts results to messages that include photos, videos or links (for example: vancouver has:photo)
    source:flickr, source:twitter, source:reader- restricts results to messages imported from Flickr, Twitter, Google Reader (for example: vancouver source:flickr)
  14. How to turn off Google Buzz: At the foot of your email page, you’ll see a “turn off Buzz’. Poof, it’s gone.
  15. Save searches: to bookmark your favorite Buzz searches enable Quick Links feature from Gmail Labs. After performing a search, click on "Add quick link" and add a name for your bookmark.
  16. View Google Buzz photos in a slideshow: In Picasa Web Albums click on "view all" and you can select the slideshow option, export photos using Picasa or print photos.
  17. Add rich text messages: same as Google Talk to write rich text messages:
    *bold message*
    _italic message_
    -deleted message-
  18. Google Buzz on a map: Use address of mobile Google Maps interface to see Google Buzz messages from all over the world. There's also a list view for nearby messages.

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