Some interesting comments by Eric Schmidt during the Techonomy conference.
Schmidt said that Buzz, by contrast is doing well with tens of millions of users, basically Gmail users that also use the short-status product.
"Today Buzz is really an extension of Gmail," he said.
“The Buzz team is doing very well,” Schmidt said. But he noted that “we tend to lump Buzz into the Gmail success.”
Compared with the initial hype, I felt these came across as pretty disparaging remarks about Buzz. I am afraid of seeing it languishing as “just an extension” of Gmail.
To my mind, this also indicates the following:
- Google Buzz will never be separated from Gmail, what some considered the key to unlocking its true potential
- Google Buzz never was and never will be a competitor to Facebook
- Google Me is indeed just a social gaming network, as the WSJ had reported
- Google Me will not be integrated with Google Buzz
- Since Buzz is tightly integrated with Google Profiles, Google Me isn’t likely to be
- “Tens of millions” typically means 20-30 million. Thus about 15 to 20% of the estimated 173+ million Gmail users use Google Buzz.
This clarifies a lot of ambiguity over Buzz and Google Me. But that’s reading a lot into Schmidt’s comments, so we still have to wait and see.