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Google Buzz underwhelms

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Last week Google announced a new product called Buzz. There's been a lot of talk about what it is and what social network it's designed to "kill" and so on. I'm going to take a look at what this product is, how it works and what you might want to do with it. This tool is very new so take this as an early-adopters-only/beta-beta-beat reviews. At first blush, Google Buzz looks just like Twitter. It's a text box for you to enter in bits of information, links, etc. This has led lots of people to think it's a "Twitter killer." That sort of conversation is probably more distraction and noise than it is useful. Let's dig into it a little. Bolted on to Gmail One of the first things I noticed was that Buzz isn't a standalone product. So if you don't have Gmail, you'll have to get Gmail in order to use Buzz. This is a little obnoxious for those of us who don't use Gmail, but whatever -- you win some you lose some. Remember though, signing up for a Gmail account...