I posted the other day that Buzz feels like Friendfeed, which was not an expeience that many of us liked. It’s all about A-listers holding court in a world made up of chat rooms. Fred Wilson seems to agree:
– Fred Wilson, Thoughts On Buzz
Buzz copies the FriendFeed user experience for the most part. And as much as I admire FriendFeed and the people who built it, I don’t believe that is a compelling experience for the mainstream user.
When I follow Pete Cashmore in Buzz, I’m basically following all of his fans. And my Buzz timeline is filled with all of their replies to his posts. I think that user experience works well in something like this blog and the comments. I don’t think it works well in a mass medium where I want to follow hundreds of people.
Like FriendFeed, Buzz allows me to “pump my data into it”. It is an aggregator as well as a updating service. But that poses a problem in some ways. What does this service want to be? Once I pumped this blog, my tumblog, and my twitter into Buzz, I was done. You can all follow me in Buzz here.
Fred sats that his partner Albert thinks highly of the API, and that Buzz might have a play as a platforrm for other apps. I don’t buy it.
Buzz is going to have to do way more than repeat Friendfeed.
A true open email is a very tantalizing prospect, but Buzz is not that, at least not yet.