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Here’s the latest 4MR audio report from MediaShift. In this week’s edition, I look at the new Google Buzz, offering ways for people to use their Gmail contact list to send out status updates, videos, photos and more. Google has had to react to an array of concerns over privacy and the way Buzz automatically generates followers (and followees). Plus, the Olympics start on a somber note, but are being covered like never before over social media. And I ask Just One Question to NYU J-school grad and former MediaShift contributor Alana Taylor.

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Background music is “What the World Needs” by the The Ukelele Hipster Kings via PodSafe Music Network.

Here are some links to related sites and stories mentioned in the podcast:

Google Buzz re-invents Gmail at O’Reilly Radar

Google Buzz is brilliant, Facebook just lost half its value at Calacanis.com

Wake Up, Google – The World Is Really Pissed Off About Buzz at Silicon Alley Insider

Google tweaks Buzz privacy settings at News.com

Google Buzz Has A Huge Privacy Flaw at Silicon Alley Insider

Outraged Blogger Is Automatically Being Followed By Her Abusive Ex-Husband On Google Buzz at Silicon Alley Insider

Millions of Buzz Users, and Improvements Based on Your Feedback at Gmail blog

Google – We May Remove Buzz From Gmail at Search Engine Land

Inside the Social Media Strategy of the Winter Olympic Games at PBS MediaShift

Facebook and Twitter Compete for Olympic Glory at NY Times Bits blog

Bloggers and tweeters take the 2010 Games global at Vancouver Sun

Social media a mystery to U.S. women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson at LA Times Olympics blog

Olympic sponsors reach out through YouTube, Facebook, Twitter at USA Today

Here’s a graphical view of the most recent MediaShift survey results. The question was: “What’s your primary source for news discovery online?”

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Also, be sure to vote in our poll about what you think about Google Buzz:


Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit.

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