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?