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File Under: Social, Web Apps

Google Buzz Gets a ‘Retweet’ Feature

One of the key ingredients of the Twitter ecosystem is the ability to pass along a link of interest from somebody you follow by retweeting it to your own followers. You get to discover new content and new people of interest at the same time. Now, you can do the same thing in Google Buzz.

The Buzz team announced the new “Reshare” feature Thursday morning. Over the course of the next day or so, it should be showing up as a fourth option under every buzz item in your stream (Google’s product enhancements usually take about a day to roll out) next to Like, Comment and E-mail.

Unlike Twitter’s official “retweet” action, which passes a tweet along to your followers in one click, resharing something in Buzz is a two-step experience. You click the reshare button and you’re given a new window where you can type in your own comments about why you found this particular video of a kitten jumping out of a Pringles can more worthy of your friend’s time than any other video of a kitten jumping out of a Pringles can. This ability to add comments is a bit like Twitter’s old school retweets, which let you add some commentary to the original tweet. But in Buzz, there’s a lot more room to add your own thoughts, as you’re not limited to keeping the whole payload under 140 characters.

Resharing also credits the original poster, keeping their Buzz post, their comments and (most importantly) the links to their profile information intact. If multiple people in your network are resharing and commenting on the same item, you will see all of those posts collapsed under the original.

Google says the reshare action is one of the most requested features in Buzz. You can vote for your own most-wanted feature at the Buzz product ideas web app.

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File Under: APIs, Social

Google Opens Up the Buzz API

Since you’re probably a little Googled out with the barrage of announcements coming out of I/O Wednesday, we’ll keep this one brief.

Google has publicly released an API for Buzz, its real-time social product for sharing status updates, comments, photos and other media on the web. Here’s an overview from Google’s DeWitt Clinton.

The Buzz API is still branded as a “Labs” release, so you can expect things to change over the coming weeks. But it’s already looking fully-formed. It offers full read/write support with Activity Streams, AtomPub, OAuth, PubSubHubbub and JSON. So if you have a website or app that lets users publish status updates, images, or any sort of activity using the actor/verb/object model, then you can integrate Buzz updates into your offering.

Authorization happens through OACurl — learn more about it with Google’s OACurl cookbook.

The bulk of the Buzz API features were discussed at a developer’s session on Wednesday afternoon. You can read notes taken by attendees by launching a Wave from the session (What is this, the future?).

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File Under: Social, Web Apps, Web Services

Making Contact With Mr. Gmail

Google's Todd Jackson, product manager for Gmail and Google Buzz

Google’s Todd Jackson carries the weight of the web on his shoulders. As the product manager for Gmail, it’s his responsibility to make sure your inbox experience is fast, secure and always available. Jackson is also the product manager for Buzz, Google’s real-time social sharing system that launched in February and was promptly criticized over privacy issues and its “noise” problem. Talk about a tough gig.

We got the chance to ask Jackson about the inner workings of the Gmail team, what’s ahead for Buzz as far as user controls, and what it feels like to bear the collective rage of Gmail’s 140-million-plus users when the system takes a dive.

Webmonkey: Do you think we’re going to see the death of the desktop e-mail client anytime soon?

Todd Jackson: We don’t like to think of it that way (laughs). No comment! Seriously, though, we think deploying an app in the browser is something that easily makes sense to users now. They can log in on any computer, all their stuff is in the cloud. It’s just easier. And for us, we can push frequent updates and improve the product iteratively.

At Google, we run our own business on Gmail — we call this “eating our own dog food.”

Webmonkey: So do you suffer the same service outages as the general public?

Jackson: We do. When Gmail goes down, it goes down for us. That’s one of our first alerts.

Webmonkey: What happens in your office at Google when Gmail goes down?

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