Lately there has been a lot of talk about Facebook competition, basically how there is none. Sure Diasphora is attempting to build a Facebook rival, but let’s be honest, without a few hundred million dollars it’s going to be an uphill battle…Enter Google.
According to TechTree, Google is planning to make a major push in the social networking arena with a new system called Google Me which would compete in the same space as Facebook.
With Facebook Open Graph Search launching, giving Facebook the ability to semantically create searches, it wouldn’t surprise me if Google ditched Orkut in the U.S. for a possibly more popular option, while keeping the very active site alive in Brazil and India where it’s a popular alternative to Facebook.
While this new run into social networking hasn’t been confirmed by Google, the source is the typically reliable Digg founder Kevin Rose who tweeted:
“Ok, umm, huge rumor: Google to launch Facebook competitor very soon “Google Me”, very credible source.“
Okay, so nothing else is really known about the site or it’s viability at this time, but the fact that rumors are floating around is a good thing, after all unlike Apple, Google is rarely able to keep things under their own roof.
One thing is for certain, Google has the user base to launch a social networking site and quickly receiving millions of users, as The Next Web’s Brad McCarty points out:
“Orkut, and a Gmail account is required for Buzz, we can safely assume that we’re looking at roughly 200 million users to any service that would combine the two.”
What do you think, are you ready to try a new social networking service if it offers any real viable solutions to face off against Facebook?