Washington, Feb 10: Internet giant, Google has taken a step into the world of social networking with the launch of Google Buzz.
Buzz allows users to post status updates that include text, photos from services like Google's Picasa and Yahoo's Flickr, videos from YouTube, and messages from Twitter.
Google Buzz adds social networking functions to the company's existing Gmail email service.
According to analysts, Buzz is Google's boldest attempt to build a social network that can compete with Facebook and Twitter.
"It is a direct challenge to Facebook, in particular," said Jeremiah Owyang, a social media analyst with the Altimeter Group.