Apparently, Google is working on their own social network modeled off of Facebook. The name? Google Me. Is it real? According to a tweet (since removed) by Kevin Rose (CEO of Digg) it seems likely. Additional insight has come from Adam D’Angelo, former Facebook CTO, in his post on Quora (his latest venture), where he claims that Google Me is in fact very real and that Google is scared of Facebook.
Whether that’s the case or not, it has been known for a while Google is not ignoring the social web. Here is Adam D’Angelo’s post from Quora below.
Here is what I’ve pieced together from some reliable sources:
- 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.