Feb 10, 2010

The Buzz: Yahoo or Google?

Today Google officially announced their latest product, Google Buzz, during a live press event. If you’re not familiar with Google Buzz, it’s a way to share updates, photos, videos, and more. (You can read an extensive writeup of Google Buzz here).

Wait a minute; doesn't the name Buzz sound familiar? Well, there’s a good reason for that. Let me re-introduce you to Yahoo! Buzz.

For those of you who don’t know what Yahoo! Buzz is, or for those of you who forgot it even existed, it’s a Digg-esque social bookmarking service that launched back in 2008.

The first thing that came to this writers mind was, “how can two rivals in the search industry each have a product with the same name?” Granted, they’re two separate services, but both reside in the social media realm.

Another thing that should be noted is the Yahoo! Buzz logo features a trademark. We’re not trying to stir up any legal discussions… but it does seem kind of odd that Google would choose a name that a rival company has trademarked.

With all the lawyers that Google employs, one would have to think that this matter has already been sorted out. Right?

UPDATE: Looks like Yahoo! finally caught wind of Google Buzz, they recently tweeted the following...

1 comment:

  1. havent tried the y! buzz bcoz i dont use buzz looks cool though, seems like google is making its way to social media...
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