While others are already prematurely beginning to ask is Google Buzz already dead, Google still appear to be hard at it tweaking away, improving the service that I still believe has great potential but launched far too early.
Today, it announces improvements to Buzz’s commenting features. In an attempt to limit how much space any one post can take up in Buzz, Google has introduced a new approach to collapsible threads.
Sean McBride, Google’s User Experience Designer, explains:
- If there are 3 or more previous or new comments, we collapse them into a group.
- We leave the latest previous comment (from before your last visit) expanded to give you context.
- We leave the last two new comments (since your last visit) expanded so you can get a taste of the ongoing conversation and decide if you’re interested.
- If there are enough previous and new comments, we collapse them together into a single line to save space.
- You’ll see the names of some of the people whose comments are collapsed, which can help you decide if you might be interested in diving into the conversation.