Daily Archives: August 6, 2010

Social Media

Google Me – if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

The biggest rumour circulating through social media and search engine circles is that Google are about to launch a fully fledged social network called ‘Google Me’

Nothing Official

Although there’s no official (or unofficial) news from Google HQ, several insiders have said that Google are planning a social networking service very similar to Facebook.

Former Facebook employee Adam D’Angelo, who now runs Q&A site Quora, posted a thread on his site that said Google Me was “a real project and not just rumour”.

He also added a question thread saying “They [Google] had assumed that Facebook’s growth would slow as it grew, and that Facebook wouldn’t be able to have too much leverage over them, but then it just didn’t stop, and now they are really scared.”

He added “They [Google] realized that Buzz wasn’t enough and that they need to build out a full, first-class social network. They are modeling it off of Facebook. Unlike previous attempts (before Buzz at least), this is a high-priority project within Google.”

Not the first time

Google have of course tried to break into social networking before. First there was Orkut, which became popular but only in South America. And then last year we had Google Buzz, which had all sorts of privacy issues and has since been going nowhere fast.

Kevin Rose, Digg’s CEO tweeted on Monday “Ok, umm, huge rumour: Google to launch facebook competitor very soon ‘Google Me’, very reliable source.”

At some point since the tweet has been deleted.

Are you ready for yet another social networking site? Have Facebook got social networking all tied up? Should Google stick to search – what they know best? Leave us a comment below.

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