Here’s another great reason why you should love and totally switch (if you haven’t yet) to Gmail. They’ve recently rolled out their newest service, the Google Buzz. (By the way, Google is gradually rolling out Buzz to everyone, so if you don’t see it in your Gmail account yet, check back soon.)
It’s basically like Twitter, but actually better. It allows comments, likes, email. It resides right within your Gmail web interface. All you need is a Gmail account. Of course, your friends should be using Gmail the same in order for you to share thoughts, quotes, links, photos, and videos with each other.
Photos and videos are displayed inline, so you don’t have to open another window or tab. Sharing can be done publicly (and displayed to your Google profile page) or privately to a group of people or close friends only.
Comments get sent right to your inbox so it’s easy to keep up with the conversation. Of course, you can mute a certain thread in case you find your inbox full of non-sense.
Updates are posted in real-time, new posts and comments pop in as they happen. No refresh required.
Moreover, you can add your own stuff from Twitter, PicasaWeb, Flickr, Youtube, Blogger/Blogspot, Google Reader, Tumblr, and your own personal blog to your Buzz, and Google Buzz will aggregate your feed from those services and updates will automatically be posted and shared.
You can watch the introductory video of Google Buzz below:
By the way, this feature is not yet available for Google Apps for your Domain accounts.