Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg, made a startling revelation on Twitter that Google is in the process of unleashing a Facebook killer. The rumor, which Mr. Rose states is from a highly reliable source, states that the new offering will be called ‘Google Me.’ In a recent article we are presented with these words that in no way confirms that this rumor is true or not:
While this is strange for so many reasons (since when do startup CEOs break such high-stakes “rumors” on Twitter?), we’d have to say that, if this isn’t some kind of weird account hijacking and the rumor turns out to be true, we’re not surprised nor should Facebook be fazed — Google Buzz was supposed to compete with Twitter and we all know how that turned out. We do however have a few questions, namely has Google given up on Brazilian social network Orkut? At this point it seems as though the search company is just throwing social networking ventures against a wall and seeing what sticks.
Here is my opinion. Google trying to play catch up to Facebook is like Microsoft trying to play catch up to Google Search. It ain’t going to happen, folks. Facebook is in a league of its own and the popular social networking site is the king of the hill. Google is king of search and Microsoft is king of operating systems. That’s the way it is and that is the way it is going to stay.
Comments, as always, are welcome.