Some early (and good) edublogosphere conversations about Google Buzz

In case you missed the news, Google's latest service, Buzz, is now available to most users of Gmail. Here are three Google Buzz conversations from which I'm learning a lot:


  • Bud Hunt
  • Will Richardson
  • Ben Wilkoff
  • I love how dynamic and helpful the conversations are about this new tool. It makes me feel sorry for folks who aren't tapped into these types of channels for learning.

    Here is Google's video explaining Buzz. More information is available at the Google Buzz web site.

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