A day after Larry Page hinted that Google would “continue to simplify and streamline our products going forward” Google has announced that it will kill off its Twitter-like microblogging site, Google Buzz, "in a few weeks."
When Xobni launched for Outlook in 2008 the social email filtering application was quite rightly hailed with glowing reviews from the tech press and quickly developed an avid fanbase, not least within NASA and The U.S Army who are some of its most prominent users.
Under MediaSift’s DataSift brand the freemium service will allow users to search and filter Twitter’s full firehose of content according to over 40 pieces of metadata contained in each tweet. The company will also aggregate and analyse Twitter content according to user sentiment, user influence, reach and text analysis.
Google is in the process of developing a new social network called Google Circles, the search engine announced at South by Southwest Interactive today. It has long been rumoured that Google was working on one or a number of social networks and this announcement may be the result of the long mooted Google Me and Google Loop projects.