Google+'s New Games Platform Should Scare Facebook

Today Google+ started rolling out what could elevate it to a Facebook-level social network: games. When Google+ launched last month, it was unclear if Google had released a social media juggernaut or another dud. But then after just two weeks over 10 million people had signed up for the service, which showed that the newest social network could compete with the big boys, we wondered if Facebook should start freaking out. The social network has continued to grow, but they still have a long road ahead before they catch up to Facebook's 750 million users. That may be where the games come in.

For Facebook, gaming makes them money but it also hooks users: You can only play FarmVille on one social networking site, and Facebook would like to keep it that way. "Before you get too excited, no, Google+ won't have FarmVille or CityVille (those may be exclusive to Facebook via deal the two forged)," reports TechCrunch's MG Siegler. But Google might not need those big draws to put a dent in Facebook's fan base--they've thought out their gaming strategy.

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