Google continues to amaze. After the many years experiencing Microsoft’s marketplace moves, I keep thinking there’s a catch…a string attached. Google is no Boy Scout, but it’s hard to argue with the value of all the free stuff they throw at you.
Lately, I find myself using the Google Chrome browser more and more for it’s speed, now I’m using it for the growing list of extensions, too. So many of them, it’s starting to challenge the convenience of plug-ins offered by Mozilla.
For instance, there are 39 extensions alone association with Google Docs…every tweak imaginable.
There’s social networking extensions galore, an Arabic word-of-the-day extension, a “turn-off-the-lights” extension, SEO tools…OMG…anything. Installation is so easy Harry Reid could do it, and it’s fast fast fast.
Extensions install on the toolbar of your Chrome browser, and make linking to things oh so much easier.
Click HERE to go to the Google extensions page, and click away!
But wait!…there’s more!
Google is apparently feeling the pinch of Twitter’s success, and has this week launched it’s answer: BUZZ.
If you use Gmail, Google makes it ridiculously easy to launch into Buzz. See the new line they’ve inserted under the “inbox” line on the left of your Gmail screen.
When you click the Buzz link, you’ll find that Google has already chosen some followers for you, and that means some others are already following you too. The interface looks familiar to Twitter, and there are seamless links for following threads, answering, choosing new/more followers, and inviting others. In short, it’s Goog-Twit, or said another way: everything that Google Wave wanted to be, but fell short, somehow…mostly through a bad launch and an overly-complex interface.
If you DON’T see Buzz in Gmail, go HERE to install it.
I’m just not sure I need to get hooked on yet ANOTHER stream-of-consciousness, follow/follower internet social network.