Andrew Maxwell

Posting Game Status Updates to Google Buzz

April 01, 2010

The past few weeks I have been using Google Buzz as my main social media outlet, trying to find new ways to help improve the service along the way. Currently the main features I see in Google Buzz are: post status updates/Buzz posts, share website/blog updates, RSS feeds from Google Reader, Twitter updates, images and video from Picasa, Flickr and YouTube. This is a limited selection of content that Google chose to include with the launch of Buzz, however I see this area being the best place for Google Buzz to grow. If Google Buzz allowed other sites and tools to integrate into your Buzz stream it would allow all of your favorite sites and tools to become more social.

The first thing that came to mind was that Google Buzz would be the perfect medium for game status updates. These game status updates could be a new high score, granted a new item in-game or even beating the game in general.

Currently I am playing three (3) games on my iPhone which push status updates to Facebook, these games are: Zombie Farm, Frogger and Bejeweled. Those of you who know me know that I don’t really like Facebook. Facebook in my opinion is a closed ecosystem that should only be used as a tool to connect with old friends and family, so having my game status updates posted there has never made me or my friends happy.

Now on the other hand why not allow all games, not just ones on the iPhone post game status updates into your Buzz stream? Game makers could either create their own website for the game status updates and have that page feed into Google Buzz or they can have the game status updates posted directly into Buzz. Posting your game status in Buzz will allow your friends to make comments on your game status, ask you questions about how you got that high score or how you got to a new level.

The only con that I see with this idea is that it would make some people hard to follow if they played a lot of games. A way to get around this is to be able to choose what streams you would like to follow/unfollow from a specific person. This would also resolve the issue with people who post a lot of useless content from Twitter or Google Reader.

Let me know if you like or don’t like this idea and why. The more that we discuss ideas for Google Buzz, the better our experience will be.

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