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Google Me to take on Facebook?

Google Me to take on Facebook?

If Google Me comes true, will it really be able to compete with Facebook?

Rumours are currently circulating that Google is tipped to make its own social networking website/portal, named Google Me, to take on Facebook.

While Google itself is still in denial about the project, an ex-Facebook CTO, Adam D'Angelo claims it's very real.

On his company website, Adam writes:

Here is what I've pieced together from some reliable sources:
  • This is not a rumour. This is a real project. There are a large number of people working on it. I am completely confident about this.
  • [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.
  • They 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.
Internet celebrity (cough) Kevin Rose - who also leaked the information on the original iPhone - also claimed Google Me is reality on Twitter, but the post has since been removed.

Google has also recently hired a Social Web guru called Joseph Smarr too, who is again rumoured to be associated with the project.

Since Facebook is now doing social searching, clearly invading Google's home territory (not to mention the bitter history between the companies) Google Me not an inplausable adventure for Google.

We wonder, with the fight against Apple in the smartphone market and Microsoft in the office and cloud market, is Google biting off more than it can chew? With the catastrophic failure of Buzz and defunct status of Wave, what can Google bring to the table to compete? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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kenco_uk 1st July 2010, 11:48 Quote
Well, Adam didn't get to be a CTO with his english skills, that's for sure.
LJF 1st July 2010, 11:55 Quote
Surely it's way too late in the day to try and compete with Facebook now. It seems like every moron I've encountered in life has got it (and attempted to add me). Im pretty sure they'll blindly oppose change.
yakyb 1st July 2010, 12:01 Quote
something i have been meaning to do for a while is cancel my facebook page but i use it so little i have no need to cancel it
lacuna 1st July 2010, 12:03 Quote
I don't remember anything called 'Buzz'. I do remember Wave though and a group of people telling me how much more awesome it was than MSN...
msm722 1st July 2010, 12:44 Quote
Bad idea google.

It's like facebook trying to bring out a search engine to compete with google.
Garside 1st July 2010, 13:17 Quote
It feels a little bit like Nike deciding they want to take on Coca Cola with the reasoning being nothing more than 'why not'? I was going to be buying shares in Google but I think I will hold off now.
Plugs 1st July 2010, 13:33 Quote
at least "Google Me" is a good name, seeing as "to google" is virtually an accepted verb these days
smc8788 1st July 2010, 13:42 Quote
Oh God, if there's one thing the world doesn't need it's more 'social networking' websites.
bennyjh 1st July 2010, 13:50 Quote
I quite like the idea of having my email and social networking in the same place. I use google reader, gmail, google calendar and google docs already so itll be nice to see how they all interact with each other.
wuyanxu 1st July 2010, 14:04 Quote
well, if enough people goes on this, Google Latitude might actually be worth using.
Brooxy 1st July 2010, 14:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by LJF
Surely it's way too late in the day to try and compete with Facebook now. It seems like every moron I've encountered in life has got it (and attempted to add me). Im pretty sure they'll blindly oppose change.

Pretty sure MySpace was a bit like facebook a few years ago - look how that changed. It's like a wasteground of the internet these days...
steveo_mcg 1st July 2010, 15:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Garside
It feels a little bit like Nike deciding they want to take on Coca Cola with the reasoning being nothing more than 'why not'? I was going to be buying shares in Google but I think I will hold off now.

Because this will do any thing to Google's share price
HourBeforeDawn 1st July 2010, 20:47 Quote
how is this new news? or even a new rumor? this has been floating around the net for almost a year now...
ZERO <ibis> 1st July 2010, 23:46 Quote
If it has better privacy and puts the users personal information first than it has a real chance to put facebook out of business.
El Rando 1st July 2010, 23:49 Quote
well I don't really do that much "social networking" but facebook is extremely useful in a lot of ways. I reckon if google can make a decent one it'll be pretty cool. I love the cleanliness google always achieves and I hate how messy facebook is so I'm willing to give it a go when it comes out.
UncertainGod 2nd July 2010, 01:19 Quote
Hardly a surprise, Google tend to just punch out multiple tools in one market until they get it right, Buzz didn't work, no-ones really figured out how to use wave properly so let them try again with something else.
Fordy 3rd July 2010, 02:00 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by LJF
Surely it's way too late in the day to try and compete with Facebook now. It seems like every moron I've encountered in life has got it (and attempted to add me). Im pretty sure they'll blindly oppose change.

People flick between which social network site is 'in' like there's no tomorrow.

MySpace, LinkedIn, Bebo, Netlog, Windows Live Spaces - remember those?
MarkW7 3rd July 2010, 02:59 Quote
Google would smash facebook in to the ground.
Fizzban 3rd July 2010, 07:11 Quote
As news goes, this is pretty dull. It's well known Google is trying to take over the world. You could tell me they were running for government and I wouldn't even blink.
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