Tag Archives: Buzz

LOL_Spam: Now on Facebook & Buzz!

lol_spamFor the past year and a half I’ve been posting funny spam quotes at @LOL_Spam on Twitter. A couple of weeks ago, I finally set up a website as a central profile and hooked it into Facebook and Buzz.

So now you can follow daily humor pulled from real spam in three ways:

For now, the older quotes (before November 2010) are only on Twitter, but eventually I plan on importing them to LOLspam.net. I figure WordPress 3.1’s built-in support for asides would make it an ideal platform to create a searchable archive and still tie into the same networks.

Why Google Buzz Won’t Run on Your Android Phone (Yet)

I’ve been hoping to try out Google Buzz, but it hasn’t hit my Gmail account yet and it won’t run on my phone*…even though it’s a web app. Comments at Android and Me and at Mashable show that I’m not alone.

It turns out that Buzz uses HTML5 features (specifically appcache, database and location) to store local data and to detect your physical location…and those capabilities were added in Android 2.0.

The support thread mentions that they are “working on another version that will make Buzz for mobile accessible on older Android OS versions (and some other smartphones as well).” The browser in Android 1.6 and below supports similar capabilities through Gears, so they may be planning a Gears-based workaround.

This would be a lot less of an issue if it weren’t for the fact that most of the Android phones out there still run 1.6 or even Android 1.5. IIRC only the Droid and Nexus One have officially been updated to 2.0 so far**, so unless you have one of those two models, you’re more likely to get Buzz to run on an iPhone than Android.

Funny, that.

*I’ve got a G1. It can only access Buzz through the updated Maps app, which brought up a bunch of people in nearby office parks posting things like “Testing Buzz” and “WTF is Google Buzz?”

**A few other phones have had updates announced, but I don’t think any have actually shipped yet. I could be wrong.