Ex Facebook-CTO adds weight to "Google Me" rumours

What has started as a tweet has evolved into more than a Buzz.

After Kevin Rose tweeted that "Google [is] to launch Facebook competitor very soon", Adam D'Angelo, Facebook's Ex-CTO, has posted a Q&A on Quora. D'Angelo, who founded Quora after leaving Facebook, is confident that Google has something up its sleeve.

"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." 

He also acknowledges that Twitter competitor Buzz "wasn't enough and that they need to build out a full, first-class social network. They are modeling it off of Facebook." 

This comes less than a week after Rose's initial cryptic twitter comments, which have created quite the buzz in the tech community.

If validated, it shows Google knows how to pick its timing. Fresh off the heels of public Facebook privacy backlash, Google has the potential opportunity to create a new network without the concerns that have plagued Facebook. Google is known to be a major player in the search and data mining industry, and as this is their #1 revenue source, it should be clear that Google will expand its sphere of influence while also maintaining its standards of collection. If Google can balance privacy with their own business interests, Facebook could have a major competitor on its hands.

Orkut and Buzz haven't amounted to much, so what's Google got up their sleeves this time?

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If Google makes a good project to compete with Facebook, I'd make the switch instantly. And it's good to see that someone finally steps up and gives Facebook the competition so that they will actually have to do something about their issues.

hyves.net, still mainly dutch, but also in english, dont get why noone uses it, its way better then facebook in many ways. i personally hate facebook all together, especially the spam of games and stuff u get non stop, my entire freaking wall is goddamn useless thanks to my 'friends'

Definitely will add some heat for Google to prove that they have the better end..and at this point they just may already have..

rippleman said,
google version of facebook + google calender + google apps + google ad revenue + google sites + gmail = 100% awesome, look forward to it.

+1... I can't wait!

Given a decent Google product, I would make the switch immediately transferring my pictures and content over without hesitation.

I am not a huge fan of Facebook, and their flippant attitude towards privacy really bothers me. Not to mention just how unsecure the site is, links containing viruses constantly hitting my mail box.

If my friends decided not to make the switch, that's ok with me too...there's always the phone or email.

Doli said,
If would be funny if Google Me Login page has a "Connect with Facebook" option.

And steal your Friends List. Maybe use Facebook OpenGraph API, too.

I remember before Facebook thinking there's no way anyone could dethrone myspace. Facebook having been quite as lax being in the dominant position - they've added features all the time - but don't write off Facebook being dethroned one day

lets hope it wil not be a forces service like buzz, the most buzzed topic was how to remove it from gmail!

HEY GOOGLE if you can hear me: I opt OUT of "google me"!

with the massive search and linking things toghether they can probably find this neowin comment of mine, hope it works...

Python96 said,
i doubt that it will be as big as Facebook, but saying that look at what Google has achieved.

I dont see why it wouldnt be as big... You will already have an account as a Gmail user so you dont need to register, it will probably be in your Gmail panel or something so you will see it all the time and think how many people around the world use Gmail.

Of course it will take time to grow but with everything i said above it will be able to grow fast.

V-Tech said,

I dont see why it wouldnt be as big... You will already have an account as a Gmail user so you dont need to register, it will probably be in your Gmail panel or something so you will see it all the time and think how many people around the world use Gmail.

Of course it will take time to grow but with everything i said above it will be able to grow fast.


By that logic, Buzz should be a huge hit but it's not. Just because people use GMail doesn't mean that they will embrace a Google social network. Look how many active Windows Live Messenger users there are, yet Windows Live as a separate social network never really took off.

If someone makes the move (or the switch), how many of their friends will follow? If it's 10% then you'll end up still using facebook. 20% after 6 months, you will also prefer facebook over Google Me.

What I mean is it's far from an easy win. And how many people will be using both? Not everyone like to be on the fence. It could be long, very long before Google Me impose itself. They will need solid ideas and features...

Rhialto said,
If someone makes the move (or the switch), how many of their friends will follow? If it's 10% then you'll end up still using facebook. 20% after 6 months, you will also prefer facebook over Google Me.

What I mean is it's far from an easy win. And how many people will be using both? Not everyone like to be on the fence. It could be long, very long before Google Me impose itself. They will need solid ideas and features...

Google have a very big advantage and it's gmail and the rest of google services.
If you are connected to/with gmail you will probably automatically have an account in the new social network and that means that your friends that use gmail or any other service will have an account there as well.

V-Tech said,

Google have a very big advantage and it's gmail and the rest of google services.
If you are connected to/with gmail you will probably automatically have an account in the new social network and that means that your friends that use gmail or any other service will have an account there as well.

It is like anything with google, takes a bit to grow. Gmail didn't kick off fast, but it grew on ya, same with the igoogle thing.
As this grows, if it does, it will be integrated into many other aspects of Google that we already use, and will most likely become what we use as time goes by. Sort of that, if its in your face long enough you will try it.

Rhialto said,
If someone makes the move (or the switch), how many of their friends will follow? If it's 10% then you'll end up still using facebook. 20% after 6 months, you will also prefer facebook over Google Me.

What I mean is it's far from an easy win. And how many people will be using both? Not everyone like to be on the fence. It could be long, very long before Google Me impose itself. They will need solid ideas and features...

It all moves slow. Facebook didn't get big overnight. They slowly chipped away at MySpace.

I still have a friend who don't want to join facebook for many reasons... I must admit I also joined late for some reason. :-)

I hope they don't expect everyone inviting their friends. I imaging it could get boring and annoying quite fast being asked 'hey have you give Google Me a try?' by many friends.

V-Tech said,

Google have a very big advantage and it's gmail and the rest of google services.
If you are connected to/with gmail you will probably automatically have an account in the new social network and that means that your friends that use gmail or any other service will have an account there as well.

So does Windows Live... and so does Orkut (yes from google)... but they're far from doing anything.

Rhialto said,
If someone makes the move (or the switch), how many of their friends will follow? If it's 10% then you'll end up still using facebook. 20% after 6 months, you will also prefer facebook over Google Me.

What I mean is it's far from an easy win. And how many people will be using both? Not everyone like to be on the fence. It could be long, very long before Google Me impose itself. They will need solid ideas and features...

Google's shareholders can solve this problem -- they simply need to automatically add your Address Book Contacts as Friends and display them in your profile. Just like what they did with Google Buzz.

How hard is that? Maybe add a deceiving prompt page that encourages you to Auto-Populate your friends, too!

Competition is always at your heels. Good to see Facebook getting a shakeup. If Google's offering works at all it will force them to start listening to their users, at least.

Frazell Thomas said,
Competition is always at your heels. Good to see Facebook getting a shakeup. If Google's offering works at all it will force them to start listening to their users, at least.

I am really confident that Google will care less about User Privacy. Google has and will always be a problem when it comes to User Privacy. Even the creators of Google undermine User Privacy. I will never trust Google more than I trust Facebook!

thenonhacker said,

I am really confident that Google will care less about User Privacy. Google has and will always be a problem when it comes to User Privacy. Even the creators of Google undermine User Privacy. I will never trust Google more than I trust Facebook!

What exactly is your source on all this?? I'm pretty confident all the people who keep on going on about this just get their source of typical scare mongering news reports.

If you don't like it - don't use it.

Frazell Thomas said,
Competition is always at your heels. Good to see Facebook getting a shakeup. If Google's offering works at all it will force them to start listening to their users, at least.

Yes, because when I think of champions of privacy I think Google