Not surprisingly, it didn’t take long for reaction to the announcement of Google Buzz to begin pouring in, particularly from Google’s closest competitors.
Microsoft’s statement on Google Buzz:
Busy people don’t want another social network. What they want is the convenience of aggregation. We’ve done that. Hotmail customers have benefited from Microsoft working with Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and 75 other partners since 2008.
And a long email from Yahoo!, as reported by TechCrunch:
It’s been almost a year-and-a-half since we first launched Yahoo! Updates — a social feature that lets people share their status, content, and online activities and stay connected to what their friends and family are doing on Yahoo! and across the Web — and we wanted to share the latest on what’s happening with Updates:
There are now more than 200 Yahoo! and third-party sites that feed into Yahoo! Updates — like Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, Yelp, and Yahoo! Buzz — allowing people to see and share updates such as when they’ve uploaded photos, changed their status, buzzed up a news story or posted a new restaurant review, all from Yahoo!.
Yahoo! Updates now appear throughout the Yahoo! network, in popular sites and services like Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo.com, and Yahoo! Messenger and across our content properties, meaning people can always keep up to date with their friends’ latest activities.
Yahoo! Updates are featured prominently on the “What’s New” section of Yahoo! Mail, which is used by more than 300 million people worldwide. People can also update their status and share it with friends and family directly from the “What’s New” tab.
Yahoo! Updates are now available globally.
Additionally, Yahoo! recently announced an expanded integration with Facebook that will allow people to connect with Facebook friends on Yahoo! and share Yahoo! content with Facebook friends, as well.
Ultimately, Yahoo! sees social as an enabler and as a dimension that is part of everything we do — and everything people do online.
Let us know if you have any questions or would like to hear more about Yahoo!’s social features.