Have you tried Google Buzz yet? I have and I like it a lot. It has many of the discussion and “follow” like features of Twitter, however unlike Twitter, you can see both sides of the conversation. Also, after using it for about two weeks there appears to be more technical content, links and discussions and fewer posts about going to lunch or what you had for dinner.
Granted, I follow a lot of tech folks so it’s not surprising that I would see a lot of tech content, however this appears to be an easier solution than Twitter, Identi.ca or RSS for searching and for following what others say about a post or topic. It takes the discovery and follow aspects of Microblogging and the full commenting aspects or regular blogging and combines this into one solution.
Another nice feature of Buzz is the ability to mute a buzz or post which I have found this useful especially when I am not interested in a topic but others are and there is a lot of comments. It’s a nice way to clean up the stream.
Buzz is built on Google Gmail and although it is still in the early adopter days I think that it is a great discussion platform and well worth looking at. If you do not have a Gmail account then I would recommend that you signup for a Gmail account today.
The world of Social Networking and Social Computing is growing with many tools that enable you to reach out and connect to others. In three to five years time everyone will have multiple social computing accounts similar to the way that many of us have multiple email address. So my question to you is why wait?
Jump in and participate, if you are not sure what to do, try one of these sites …
Linkedin.com, Facebook.com, Twitter.com, www.google.com/buzz, Identi.ca