Rumors are swirling around the Internet that Google is planning a social networking site called "Google Me" to compete withe Facebook. The site, which is already being called a potential "Facebook killer," is generating all the expected buzz. Here's what people are saying, starting with the tweet from Digg founder and tech writer Kevin Rose.
Ok, umm, huge rumor: Google to launch facebook competitor very soon "Google Me", very credible source
- Why This Is Credible Fox News' Jeremy Kaplan writes, "Rose is well known, however, for spreading rumors -- especially surrounding Apple products and services But he's also known for getting it right. ... there's every reason to believe the rumors, experts say. For one thing, Google already has most of the components required for a social-networking site: The Google Profiles function lets you create a personal page with your info, while Google Buzz lets you create brief status updates, just like those on Facebook or Twitter. And Latitude lets you share location info with your friends."
- Unclear Picture on How It Would Work PC Magazine's David Murphy sighs, "So what, then, would the proposed 'Google Me' really do? The only details thus far are sheer speculation. However, it appears that Google Me could fly in as an upgrade to the preexisting Google Profiles service that, itself, is almost like a mini-biographical profile page. However, its unclear as to just how Google's other user information feeds--Buzz, Wave, and even the company's experience with the social networking site Orkut--would tie into the grand picture."
- How Google Could Take On Facebook The Next Web's Brad McArty advises combining Google Buzz and Google-owned Brazilian networking service Orkut. "Knowing that a Google account is required to use Orkut, and a Gmail account is required for Buzz, we can safely assume that we're looking at roughly 200 million users to any service that would combine the two. This number could sway one direction or the other, as a Google account does not equate to a Gmail account, but I'd say that 200 million is a solid guess. 200 million is already half of the 400 million population of Facebook."
- Yet Another Misguided Effort by Google The San Francisco Weekly's Alexia Tsotsis writes, "we're not surprised nor should Facebook be fazed -- Google Buzz was supposed to compete with Twitter and we all know how that turned out. We do however have a few questions, namely has Google given up on Brazilian social network Orkut? At this point it seems as though the search company is just throwing social networking ventures against a wall and seeing what sticks."
- Top Two Web Giants Would Clash Tech Tree writes, "So far, the two had been competing in the 'most visited websites' category in U.S. In March 2010, Facebook became the first website to outdo Google in terms of the number of visitors. On the global front though, Facebook has still someway to go to compete with Google at least on the 'most visited' parameter. ... In fact, Google's own Orkut still happens to be the most used social networking website in countries like Brazil and India - although it has of late lost some sheen."
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