WordPress and Google Buzz

Google Buzz is a platlication: it’s both an application and a platform on which applications can be built. It’s been a busy application, seeing millions of people and posts in its first couple of days.

It’s also been a busy platform. I have a particular interest in the applications that bridge Buzz and WordPress. So does Mashable, as we can see from today’s post. It’s mainly a roundup of the plugins that put Google Buzz buttons on self-hosted WordPress blogs. As such, it doesn’t live up to its title: HOW TO: Integrate Google Buzz Into Your WordPress Blog.

I’m interested in an aspect of blog/buzz integration that the Mashable post doesn’t cover: having my WordPress posts show up in Google Buzz. There is a way to do this that works both with blogs hosted at WordPress.com (as this one currently is) and with WordPress blogs hosted elsewhere (such as Andrew’s Wanderings).

In short: you tell Google Webmaster Tools that you own the blog in question; then Google Buzz will allow you to add the blog to your list of connected sites. I found out about this at the WordPress.com forums, which in turn linked to an amusingly untitled blog for details.

By the way, there does seem to be a way of putting a Google Buzz button in a post at WordPress.com, but I haven’t tried it.

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