lexipixel - 7:06 pm on Jul 6, 2011 (gmt 0)
I don't think they will hurt FB for the same reason -- the teen / twenty something crowd is embedded in FB, and the parents and relatives who joined FB to connect with their college kids at first, and all friends and family now are fairly low-tech and won't want to start over.
Then you have the organizations, musicians & bands and other who are migrating from MySpace (or already have) to FB for ease of use and more access to the FB user base.. etc, etc...
Lastly, you have "business" who have found they can use FB pages, groups and events to promote things for free.
My take is that Google has an uphill battle to get into "social" at this point -- and about all they can count on are "techies" who are anti-Microsoft, anti-Facebook, etc.
Twitter I see as filling a completely different need -- it's basically used to replace the 10-second radio spot -- blurt something out and hope to get some response.
About all Google has going for it now is deep pockets -- but if shareholders start noticing even a blip on the golden-boy of the .COM era's radar, they may panic and start a downward spiral on that front.
I have one or two very good ideas for Google, but I'll keep those to myself unless they decide to call and ask -- or someone else does. :-)