Rumors have erupted recently about the web giant Google locking horns with Facebook in direct competition. The new social media platform Google is working on is tentatively dubbed Google Me by bloggers.
The tweet by Kevin Rose, founder of Digg stating that Google was launching “Google Me” to compete with Facebook started the rumor mills churning on June 28 and even though the message was deleted soon thereafter, others have taken up to add more grist to the mill.
The news is confirmed by ex-CTO of Facebook – Adam D’Angelo. He stated confidently that the ‘Google Me’ project was real and not a rumor and that through reliable sources he had learned that a large number of personnel are working to make it happen.
Google felt that their current product ‘Google Buzz’ apparently was not strong enough to compete with Facebook. It was too slow compared to the growth rate of Facebook, and so they have decided to build a top class social networking site, modeled on the lines of Facebook. Insiders have stated that this is a top priority project at Google.
“Google Me’ is estimated to be having a huge potential and expected to give Facebook a keen competition. Jason Kincaid of TechCrunch feels it is not that simple to create a new Facebook and it will be a daunting task for Google to face off with Facebook on the battle of social networking.
Many people in the search engine industry are in consensus about one thing – that the competition between Google and Facebook will usher in a new era and bring about balance due to one player trying to gain ground and become dominant in their fight to popularity and success. And there are those that are leery of the new service to be launched. They feel that Facebook has made inroads into people’s daily lives to such a great extent that no competitor would be able to gain ground and make any headway the way Facebook did.
Google has not been able to confirm the rumors of challenging Facebook, but off the record, people in the know about both Facebook and Google have been confirming that there is indeed something of the sort in the offing.
Though it seems like a tedious and uphill climb to even come up to the level of Facebook, it is also anticipated that Google cannot afford to fail. If they do fail, Facebook will retain its top-notch position as the best social networking site to date.