Google Wave was one of Google’s biggest announcements of last year but now it looks to be an afterthought among the tech trendsetters after the launch of Google Buzz in early February. Privacy concerns mostly laid to rest, Google Buzz is actually doing much of what Google Wave promised: collaborative discussion, media sharing, and social networking within an email-like framework.
Frankly, I use Google Buzz more than Google Wave since my GMail is always open, accessing Buzz is pretty quick unlike Wave where a whole new interface is shown to you. While Buzz does not have all of Wave’s features … yet, who knows it may incorporate them all in the near future.
For now, Buzz is geared more on the social sharing with people who are interested in what you think (like Twitter) while Wave is designed to making users more productive in their work lives as a collaboration tool, while Buzz is more about “social sharing and passive sharing with people who are interested in what you think.
In my case, between the two, I barely used Wave except the first time I wanted to check out what it was all about. After that, it has been Buzz for me ever since. What about you?