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Google CEO Schmidt On Social Network ". I won't say,"

     
8:07 pm on Jul 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Google CEO Schmidt On Social Network ".. I won't say," [social.venturebeat.com]
Google chief executive wouldn’t publicly deny that the company is set to hatch a rival social network to Facebook during a speech today in London, adding fuel to rumors that the search giant may launch a social service called Google Me later this year.

“That would be a product announcement and I won’t say,” he said in response to a question about whether the service existed at The Guardian’s Activate conference today.

The company is reportedly hard at work building a competing service after several failed attempts at launching successful social products. Facebook is increasingly looking like an emerging threat to advertising revenue with 1 million sites plugging into its platform.


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8:42 pm on July 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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sooo what was the point of buzz?

hey folks want way more privacy issues then facebook? Head on over to google me where they don't even know the meaning of the word!
8:56 pm on July 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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We already have facebook, I can't wait to see how Google me is BETTER that facebook because if it's the same OR full of data I didn't authorize google to publish I won't touch it, ever. I'm not going to change networks for the sake of change.
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I'm guessing they're going to rebrand and relaunch Google Buzz to try and get that rolling?!?
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Too late for Gooch. Too many issues for me--Like having a crazy exgirlfriend that'll ram into your car every chance she gets.
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Exactly right, @J_RaD! Nothing's gonna appeal more [er, I should say, less] to privacy advocates than the name "Google Me"
9:15 am on July 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Orkut is the Facebook of Brazil.

With an Internet population of 80M, many of whom use Orkut, that's maybe the angle G is coming from?
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Goofle at it again. LOL
11:19 am on July 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Facebook has first mover advantage and is well established. Knocking it off with a replacement product is doomed to fail - but maybe Google has some other strategy in play.

It's a bit like Bing trying to knock off Google - it's unlikely to happen.
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What a collosal waste of time and effort. Here's an idea...spend the time and effort making your actual search results better...you know, your core business...

Has anything social that Google has launched ever worked? Chat, Buzz, Picasa

How do they think they can create any compelling reason to overcome the inertia of people moving from facebook?

Sorry, but that fight is already over...
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Let them do anything. Are they sharing some money for our content? That's what we need. Let them fight. User experiences will improve as they are in commander seat.
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Facebook is not the only successful social network [telegraph.co.uk]
In an interview with The Telegraph, Brittin, when asked if Google was indeed creating a new social network, to rival Facebook’s dominance, rumoured to be called ‘Google Me’ refused to ‘comment on that kind of rumour and speculation’ but stopped short of denying the claim.

He went on to argue that the global market was big enough for more than one social network. “"Facebook is an absolute phenomenon but there are other social networks which are successful too. We've got Orkut, which is fantastically successful in India and Brazil. And Bebo is successful in other countries," he said. "It's a phenomenon that is with us to stay. I think what we'll see is the internet becoming more of a social place, as well as people being social within the context of social networks."
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Are you missing the key advantage of a social network by Google?

See, on Facebook, and other socials, you have to post updates and pictures and invite friends to comment. Plus you have to use a client to post your gps location .

If Google does it, you don't have to do all that work. It knows what is happening in your life based on your web searches, what you are buying with Google Checkout, and can even find some photos of you in Google Image Search. It can aggregate all the things that friends say about you on various websites. It already knows your location from your Android phone.

Think of all that labor it is saving you!
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Facebook has first mover advantage and is well established. Knocking it off with a replacement product is doomed to fail - but maybe Google has some other strategy in play.

It's a bit like Bing trying to knock off Google - it's unlikely to happen.


Seriously. That's as asinine as predicting Myspace will push Friendster out of the running... Wait. I mean, that's as ridiculous or downright impossible Facebook taking Myspace's place... or no, I mean...