I can’t help but think that Mashable was being paid to promote Google Buzz. Being an avid reader of Mashable, one of the popular blogs, I have noticed quite a lot of posts about Google Buzz. It’s not unusual for a blog like the Mashable to cover latest news in social media but it seems like Mashable want their readers to use Google Buzz. So, do we have a Pay Per Follower program in here? Ever since the launch of Google Buzz, there’s been more criticism than praise for Google Buzz, Mashable’s been covering the both, positive as well negative feedback but it seems like they’re doing bit more than “coverage”. Here are some facts that reveal the association:
Mashable was first to:
- Introduce Share on Google Buzz buttons
- Google Buzz counters, showing number of “buzzes” for a post.
- Mashable had a contest for users, giving away Nexus One to the best “Buzzer”
- On Mashable navigation, Google Buzz has got a separate category with a logo while the likes of Facebook, Twitter and MySpace are sub categories of “Social Media”. And no other category has managed to get a logo.
Mouse over it and see your browser status bar. Link will not be buzz.google.com/mashable it will rather be something like:
This clearly shows the reason for all the love that Mashable has for Google Buzz.
While it certainly is NOT wrong to promote a product and get paid for it but at least mark it as “Advertisement” instead of promoting it in disguise. And yes, I’m writing this because I hate Google Buzz (the way it is by now) but I love Mashable.
Here is full screenshot from Mashable as at the time of posting, click to enlarge it and see separate category and category logo: