Over the weekend, a rumor from a connected source said that Google would be starting up a social network to take on Facebook.
Kevin Rose, Internet personality and Digg social networking founder, tweeted over the weekend that Google has a ‘Facebook killer’ called Google Me in the works.
Rose hasn’t been terribly accurate and might have other fish to fry (Google Buzz competes with Rose’s Digg) but he does have a lot of connections in the Valley.
How would a Google Me work? Google already has about 30 different social properties that it has built or acquired — including Orkut, a social network popular in Brazil.
- Buzz is Google’s Twitter-like real time updater.
- Orkut is a full social networking site with poor design and a small following outside of Brazil
- YouTube has millions of users with friends and videos
- Picasa let’s people share pictures with others (Facebook’s original purpose)
- Blogger is a web CMS and Reader can give you a feed of your favorite posts
- Apps engine lets developerrs build web-based applications for Google users
- Google Docs share documents with other Gmail users (vs. Facebook Docs)
- Google Friend Connect allows you to share sites with other users
- Google Latitude is a geo-targeted friending app
- Google Dashboard manages all of these services and others
It is all already there. Everything Facebook does, Google
Frankly, it would be more surprising if Google didn’t soon create a common platform for all of these social networks. The only thing Google doesn’t have is organization between its groups to give this one consistrant look and feel.