Google to launch Facebook rival?
In simpler, more pastoral times when the internet was mostly fields, Google was just a search engine. Now, it seems intent on creeping into every aspect of our lives. Unless you're Chinese.
Now Google are going to be challenging Facebook in the social networking stakes if you believe the rumours.
Kevin Rose - the bloke who founded Digg - tweeted about the existence of a potential "Facebook competitor" over the weekend saying: "Ok, umm, huge rumor: Google to launch Facebook competitor very soon 'Google Me', very credible source." You can see the tweet at Wired here (as he's since deleted the original... the wimp).
Of course, Google have been up to all-sorts over the past couple of years with the Chrome browser, the dismally boring Wave, the inept Buzz and, sneakily enough, a social networking thingy called Orkut. You may have never heard of it, but Orkut is big business in South America and India.
It's possible that the rumoured Google Me will be an amalgamation of Orkut, Buzz, Orkut, Friend Connect, Profiles and Wave. Combining these would give Google Me a starting userbase of 200 million+. With Facebook currently having a userbase of 500 million, many of whom becoming more disgruntled with how unusable it is becoming and not to mention privacy issues, they should well be looking over their shoulder at the encroaching giant.
Thing is - do we really need a new social networking thing to waste time on?