Here's some buzz for you, Google Buzz is killing my GMail. I'm adding Google's Buzz to the top of the list of the worst tech ideas to come along in quite a while. I'm not a social networking fan, anyway, and to break my GMail, my primary email account, with something as stupid and useless as Buzz; I'm irritated. I usually wake up to 20 or more emails in my Inbox first thing in the morning. Today, I had one. Yes, one. I've sent numerous messages out today and I don't know if they're swirling about in some mail queue or if they've reached their destinations. Thanks Buzz. Thanks a lot.
I'm not sure that Google's tech people realized how much bandwidth a service like this uses. It's a lot. Just ask Twitter. It's especially bandwidth hungry because, unlike Twitter, Buzz doesn't limit you to 140 characters.
It's poor execution in the sense that perhaps they (Google) should have limited Buzz updates to a few times per day. As far as I can tell, there are no limits on number of buzzes, size of buzzes or how often you can buzz.
I'm a happier person now that I've removed Buzz from my GMail account. Free yourself by following these simple steps to remove Buzz from GMail:
Click Settings in your GMail account. Select the Buzz link. Click the Disable Google Buzz link.
There is a warning that you should read that's just below that Disable link:
This will disable Google Buzz in Gmail and delete your Google Profile and Buzz posts. It will also disconnect any connected sites and unfollow you from anyone you are following.
You get a pop-up window after you remove Buzz but you can close it. When you return to GMail, you'll notice that the Buzz icon has disappeared. Glory days!
I know that running a service like this is troublesome and a constant support nightmare. Google isn't to blame because of the popularity of what they've provided us--they are only to blame for not foreseeing the amount of resources something like this burns.
Sorry Google, I wish you well on this but I think you should discontinue Buzz.
One blunder every few years isn't too bad and I like everything else you've done. But, please fix GMail. I depend on it as do many other people.
What do you think? Do you think that Buzz is worth the pain of having it? Is there any real value in Buzz?