I see Google Buzz as being a wonderful tool for real conversations. Unfortunately, too many people are seeing it as yet another Twitter.
Google has unfortunately helped create that bad impression by offering to republish Tweets in Buzz. That's a bad, bad idea: I've already shut that off in my account and I'd strongly advise everyone else to do the same ( though if you weren't misusing Twitter to begin with, this wouldn't have been as much of a problem as it is).
Google made another mistake in duplicating Buzz posts to your email. Some people may want that, but most of us probably do not. Right now, there doesn't seem to be a way to shut that off. You can try to create a filter to delete Buzz posts, but your filter runs the risk of deleting legitimate mail. Google needs to fix that.
Buzz also needs better organization. Related threads should be able to be grouped together. There's no way to do that now.
Is Buzz a bust? I don't know. I still think it could be very useful, but I also see that these errors could kill it before many people realize that.
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