Google Buzz :: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE :: Indeed, your Gmail username becomes your Google profile username:
Once you create/login to your Gmail account, give me a follow!
Google has been working double-time launching new products over the last few months. From Google Wave to Google Voice, to Social Search and now Google Buzz, I think that now is a good time for nonprofits to reserve a Gmail account if they haven’t already. I haven’t had the chance yet to look too deeply into their products, but I am big believer in nonprofits being proactive and protecting their online brand from squatters. Unlike Google Wave, Google Buzz requires a Gmail account. I am hoping that Google Voice and eventually Google Wave will also be tied to Gmail accounts.
That said, take 5 minutes and protect your Google brand. For example, I just grabbed email@example.com to match twitter.com/nonprofitorgs, facebook.com/nonprofitorgs and youtube.com/nonprofitorgs. Unlike Twitter and YouTube, there’s still a pretty good chance that your username is available in Gmail.
Finally, once you have your new Gmail account, sign up for beta invite to Google Voice. I am hoping Google Voice will enable nonprofits to utilize group texting for free or at a very low-cost… and be connected somehow to Buzz for Mobile.
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