Google+ Looking to Suck You in
CEO Larry Page pushes effort to build social network
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 3, 2013 8:32 AM CST
Google CEO Larry Page.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – Signing up for a YouTube or Gmail account? Get ready for a publicly viewable Google+ page, too. While Facebook users are clocking 400 minutes per month on that site, Google+ users spend just three minutes—and Google is trying to change that by making its own social network a little more obligatory, the Wall Street Journal reports. People who use a range of Google services, including writing reviews, are now required to take part in its social network, though it is possible to keep personal pages private.

It was Google CEO Larry Page who pushed for the new integration, insiders tell the Journal. Facebook currently has an advertising advantage in that it links online behavior to people's real names, and it knows who your friends are, too. Google is hoping to get its hands on such information through Google+. Complains one frustrated user: Google is "trying too hard to compete with Facebook, and if people aren't going to share willingly, they'll make them share unwillingly." But the head of Google+ says individual users' data won't be given to advertisers. Nevertheless, says a VP, "Google+ is Google. The entry points to Google+ are many, and the integrations are more every day."

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apocalypso
Jan 4, 2013 10:49 PM CST
This is so psychotic the way they are trying to force people to use their privacy-invading tools of oppression. "No" to all of that.
right2dave
Jan 3, 2013 7:12 PM CST
Facebook will be gone within a year or so. The bubble Goggle is building will bust so enough.
iq145
Jan 3, 2013 6:25 PM CST
GOOD. i hate Facebook and i can't wait until they go under. Damn spammers!!! (Google's CEO's name happens to be "PAGE"? Really?...)