‘Google Me’ New Facebook Competitor
Google is getting serious about launching a Facebook competitor. Is it too late?
Former Facebook CTO Adam D’Angelo confirms rumors that Google is getting serious about launching a Facebook competitor. “Reliable sources” tell him:
- 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.
TechCrunch‘s Jason Kincaid is skeptical:
This obviously has the potential to be huge, and Facebook needs a strong competitor. But even if Google has an amazing site in the pipeline, creating the next Facebook is going to be easier said than done — nearly 500 million people already have their content stored on Facebook, and despite what Facebook has claimed about being open, I doubt they’ll make it easy for anyone to jump into the arms of a competitor. Not to mention the fact that Google has had shortcomings with its social sites like Buzz, Wave, and Orkut. This could be a very interesting battle.
It’s tough to kill off a market leader, although Google’s done is before in search, email, and other venues.
And it’s not like Google is starting from scratch here: They’ve already got widely used email, photo sharing, calendar, RSS reader, and other applications as well as a toolbar which should be easy enough to leverage.