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Google Buzz: The Best Features Of Google's New Tool (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 04/18/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:30 PM ET

Google Buzz has been out only a week, and already, Google's new Gmail-based social network has been, well, buzzing with activity, with estimates that it has been generating almost a quarter of the activity of Twitter.

Although Buzz's launch hasn't been without problems (it came under intense criticism for potentially violating people's privacy by exposing their most frequent contacts), the new tool has some definite perks that differentiate it from existing social networking platforms.

We've taken a look at the best Google Buzz features. See them below, then check back for our lineup of the worst Google Buzz features coming soon!

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Gmail Integration
 
Google Buzz lives in Gmail, so if you use Google email, getting started on Buzz is almost instantaneous. No new passwords, accounts, or usernames. 'Gmail integration will get people to use Buzz whether they want to or not,' writes Digital Trends. Although some users would prefer not to crowd their email inboxes with Buzzing, others will appreciate the convenience of being able to check (and respond to) both their email messages and social network chats in one place.

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