Seems we have further evidence that Google is ramping up a serious competitor to Facebook. According to their ex-CTO in a recent Q&A session:
“This is not a rumor. This is a real project. There are a large number of people working on it. I am completely confident about this.
They 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.”
This is good news for a lot of reasons as FB is close to being a monopoly which is not a good thing except for the stockholders. Google will give consumers a viable option to FB, keep FB from abusing privacy settings, create another ecosystem/revenue channel for thousands of software companies (like ours!) and like any other competitive situation, force the best out of each other. The consumer benefits.
This is great, yet another place to make “friends.” Listen, I’m all in favor of social networking. I have been able to reconnect with a bunch of people I grew up with and will see some of them again in August as a result. But I don’t want to reconnect with them on a bunch of different platforms. Just too much work and frankly, too lame. You need one spot for your “friends.” So I guess Foursquare is going head to head with Facebook. It will all settle in one spot at some point. That means some of these players are either acquired, integrated or become irrelevant. Consumers will decide.
This is a rumor started by Kevin Rose of Digg according to a very “credible source.” It makes sense as FB is a very credible threat to Google with their Open Graph.
That’s too bad. Hopefully they will get this worked out and hopefully it will become a standard across all phones. That, plus the antenna, plus ATT will keep me from upgrading.
I kind of hate to say that because he has achieved cult status to the point I think some of his fans would literally drink the Kool-aid if he said so. But who else could get away with telling people they are holding the phone wrong? So in other words it is their fault. And he will get away with this.