Rumor: Google to launch Facebook competitor called "Google Me"

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According to a tweet by the ever-so-famous Kevin Rose, Google is set to launch their very own Facebook competitor called "Google Me." The man best known for starting Digg.com is calling the news a "huge rumor," yet makes it clear that the word comes from a "very credible source." It's a little late in the year for an April Fools joke, and Kevin Rose is usually pretty on-the-ball when it comes to these sort of things.

Earlier in the year, Google became much more involved in the social networking scene when it force-launched Google Buzz upon all of its Gmail users. The Twitter-like service allows users to post status updates from various sources with no character limit, the ability to include embedded media, and an organized threaded inbox-like user interface. Google was quickly criticized for its lack of privacy consideration when Buzz was first launched, but has since rectified the issues. Buzz's direct Gmail integration makes it a convenient alternative to other micro-blogging and social networking sites.

Google taking on Facebook would definitely be an unexpected move. At the same time, Google has always pushed themselves to try and do everything that everyone else does, just better. Perhaps with "Google Me," the Mountain View company feels it has something better to offer the many oodles of Facebookers out there.

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Python96 said,
you can say that but have you seen what Google can achieve?

Yep, I am also looking at how google was unsuccessful at purchasing facebook..

In case anyone didn't notice, he has now removed that particular tweet. Not a word from him later as for why.

Google went angry? He could be onto something at least, given that move. If he was wrong, Google could flatly deny it if they were now pressured for information, and no need for tweets to be removed ASAP...

Read on here, however:
http://techcrunch.com/2010/06/29/google-me-facebook/

Saw that, too. I'm thinking it might be for publicity. It's probably still early, but getting the word out momentarily couldn't hurt. Whatever it is, it certainly makes you wonder what Google is up to.

Bemani Dog said,
If you can't trust Facebook with your private data, what makes you think you can trust Google?

well, at least Google is a stable business with clear business model and clear incomes. Instead, Facebook manage and run a shady business because it is not quite clear about the incomes. Some analyst says that Facebook is a economic bubble and could burst anytime.

the "me" moniker is a sign of the coming failure for google.

microsoft have windowsme and apple have mobileme for us netizens to ridicule them with. and now google complete the circle with googleme.

frankly, i am surprise google didn't google for this before coming up with the name.

"google me" already sounds creepy I don't think the name will do it any favours even if it's the safest cleanest site out there.

3lixir said,
"google me" already sounds creepy I don't think the name will do it any favours even if it's the safest cleanest site out there.

Mmm, touch me here, touch me there, oh just google me already!

Well Google me.

If it's more secure than FB then I would use it. The main reason why I don't use FB is because it is flawed with security holes and the way in which the company holds their data.

Google would be a good competitor but first Google has to clear things up: like the Google Buzz, Google Wave and Orkut are all similar services called communication tools by Google.

I would suggest Google to move on with its Google Wave service because it is very very good service.

simple: use it if you want, don't if you don't want.

about privacy: if you don't want someone knowing something, then don't expose it. Do you leave your income tax papers on your front lawn? no? then don't do it online either.

i used to use facebook, but would use "google me" i think, pretty sure it would be amazing, think of it: Google version of facebook + Google calender + google apps + gmail + google wave + google sites
= one amazing platform.

Google is getting to be about as much of a social disease as those other socially diseased network sites.

Can't stand ANY of them either!!

I might have an infringement case here folks. This smells awfully close to my patented social networking angle called "Beer Me".

Why is this necessary? Don't we have even social mediums already? We almost have as many social networks as we do devices to get us there. Google can't offer us anything we don't already have.

If there is any company that can make this happen, it is Google. If they do it right, with all the android phones out, they could easily become popular. Sure will be hard for anyone to out do Facebook, but Google could.

shakey said,
If there is any company that can make this happen, it is Google. If they do it right, with all the android phones out, they could easily become popular. Sure will be hard for anyone to out do Facebook, but Google could.

They already failed before even starting Google Me. Privacy and Google don't mix well.

shakey said,
If there is any company that can make this happen, it is Google. If they do it right, with all the android phones out, they could easily become popular. Sure will be hard for anyone to out do Facebook, but Google could.

No, Google is the worst. You can't have privacy and Google at the same time.

Glendi said,

No, Google is the worst. You can't have privacy and Google at the same time.

Really? Why trust anyone with anything? Use these sites just for connections and networking, but leave out anything that you don't want them to know. It's not hard to hide what you want hidden, just don't give it out....

Has a nice ring to it. Just Google Me!

It would be interesting to see their approach to privacy if it's true. They have certainly had the chance to see what happens on Facebook and not make similar mistakes but when Google suits are saying nothing to hide, why worry you have to wonder if they would care any more than Facebook do.

Just thought of something cool that Google can do with this service....they could put everything there is on google about a particular person into each "me page"

Quick Shot said,
I guess it doesn't bother them that they fail every time the try to penetrate that market..
Go Google!!!

They won't succeed, they have no idea how to respect user privacy.

thenonhacker said,

They won't succeed, they have no idea how to respect user privacy.

Yes they do. The problem is they have no desire to and therefore, choose not to. It's all part of their do-no-evil campaign.

SCRISP said,
I thought Buzz was Google's version or Facebook.

It failed because Google Buzz launched badly, exposing all your Address Book contacts on your profile as Buzz Friends by default, ****ing off many users.

Microsoft will also release a similar product, but more oriented towards Windows users, called Windows ME.

Oh, wait.....

Farchord said,
Microsoft will also release a similar product, but more oriented towards Windows users, called Windows ME.

Oh, wait.....


Good one

Farchord said,
Microsoft will also release a similar product, but more oriented towards Windows users, called Windows ME.

Oh, wait.....

LOL
+1

Farchord said,
Microsoft will also release a similar product, but more oriented towards Windows users, called Windows ME.

Oh, wait.....


or may be Bing ME

If anyone could do it then Google could, if they found a way to integrate all its services in to a social platform then FB could have a challenge. Also with the current privacy concerns a lot of users may just be looking for an alternative.

mm4rley said,
If anyone could do it then Google could, if they found a way to integrate all its services in to a social platform then FB could have a challenge. Also with the current privacy concerns a lot of users may just be looking for an alternative.

Privacy...Google....sure...

mm4rley said,
Also with the current privacy concerns a lot of users may just be looking for an alternative.
Jumping to the company that persists your data longer than necessary and caused a bigger blunder by forcing GMail user into Google Buzz is not exactly a worthy alternative. Not to mention their question harvesting of WiFi data. Sure, they probably didn't get any data worth looking at (just a few packets here and there), but it's a pretty stunning mistake.

To be fair, Google corrected the issue, but only after being blasted for it.

mm4rley said,
If anyone could do it then Google could, if they found a way to integrate all its services in to a social platform then FB could have a challenge. Also with the current privacy concerns a lot of users may just be looking for an alternative.

Google is even worse with privacy lol

acnpt said,
Frying pan into the fire, when it comes to privacy.

I can see it already.

How to enable Google Me Privacy Settings:
1. Sign-In the Google Me website
2. Go to Options -> Privacy
3. Click "Enable Privacy"
4. When prompted "Are you sure? Do you have something to hide? Please please don't enable privacy! ", click Yes.

thenonhacker said,

<strong>I can see it already.

How to enable Google Me Privacy Settings:
1. Sign-In the Google Me website
2. Go to Options -> Privacy
3. Click "Enable Privacy"
4. When prompted "Are you sure? Do you have something to hide? Please please don't enable privacy! ", click Yes.
</strong>

5. Remove tin foil from head.

Google Me is a bit of a double meaning too - as in it's "My Google" but it also uses the term "to google" as to search, as in "just google me". I like it! Interesting to see if it'll be good or not. If they can properly integrate it into Android enough (i.e. decent widget support) then I'd gladly join it.

Tech Star said,
I don't see this being as big a FB and failing like their other copy services, like the Wikipedia replacement they had.

How can Google Me be successful, it's ran by Google who doesn't care about privacy. At least Facebook made more effort than Google when it comes to privacy.

Google is also making Microsoft look good each day -- because for many times, Google tries to sneak against your privacy!

Google will be worse than Facebook when it comes to privacy.

thenonhacker said,

<strong>How can Google Me be successful, it's ran by Google who doesn't care about privacy. At least Facebook made more effort than Google when it comes to privacy.

Google is also making Microsoft look good each day -- because for many times, Google tries to sneak against your privacy!

Google will be worse than Facebook when it comes to privacy.</strong>

I agree, at least it's another platform to data mine your information.

thenonhacker said,

<strong>How can Google Me be successful, it's ran by Google who doesn't care about privacy. At least Facebook made more effort than Google when it comes to privacy.

Google is also making Microsoft look good each day -- because for many times, Google tries to sneak against your privacy!

Google will be worse than Facebook when it comes to privacy.</strong>

Because typing in BOLD is cool... quit being such a troll. Google is FINE with their privacy, the only time you should worry is if you're doing a lot of illegal crap... other than that, they do not abuse your information. Take the tin foil off your head you crazy nut!

Decaytion said,

Because typing in BOLD is cool... quit being such a troll. Google is FINE with their privacy, the only time you should worry is if you're doing a lot of illegal crap... other than that, they do not abuse your information. Take the tin foil off your head you crazy nut!

So, everyone that put in doubt our beloved megacorporation must be threated as a crazy idiot.

Frylock86 said,

I think FB is here to stay...

too early to say. all these social networking sites die in just a matter of time. u just can't socialize online. how do you have sex online? you poke at the glass screen?

I don't think It'd turn out that Good. Google may be in control over many things/have good control with YouTube, The Search Engine, And Android being decent.

But this, I think leave to Facebook. As they should leave the OS business to Mac + OSX and Microsoft and Windows.

Google has became another Microsoft, they failed miserably with Google Buzz and now Google Me? This going to be clearly another failure product.

Quattrone said,
Google has became another Microsoft, they failed miserably with Google Buzz and now Google Me? I smell FAIL.

Oh yeah, they tried one thing and failed, then they just have to give up - They should put you in charge.

Sethos said,

Oh yeah, they tried one thing and failed, then they just have to give up - They should put you in charge.

I lol'd bad. Thanks for making my day. Complete and utter truth.

They're a business. What do you expect them to do? Lay down and die? Jealousy is an amazing thing especially on the internet.

Quattrone said,
Google has became another Microsoft, they failed miserably with Google Buzz and now Google Me? This going to be clearly another failure product.

So Microsoft is a failure how?

Quattrone said,
Google has became another Microsoft, they failed miserably with Google Buzz and now Google Me? This going to be clearly another failure product.

haha anyone old enough to remember "Windows Me"? something in the name doesn't bode well

Sethos said,

Oh yeah, they tried one thing and failed, then they just have to give up - They should put you in charge.

Because shareholders are pretty happy to spend money on unsuccessful projects.