Google Plans 'Facebook Killer'

Search giant rumored to be trying social networking again
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2010 5:00 PM CDT
In this Sept. 25, 2007 file picture a visitor passes an exhibition stand of Google company in Duesseldorf, western Germany.   (AP Photo/Rene Tillmann, file)

(Newser) – A single tweet from Digg co-founder Kevin Rose hinting at a Google challenger to Facebook has opened the floodgates of speculation about what a Google social network, aka "Google Me," would look like. Most focus on Google profiles, a service that establishes a small profile that comes up when people Google a name. Profiles is currently minimal, but all Google would have to do to have a first-class social network is integrate its existing services, Brennon Slattery writes for PC World.

Google Me could easily link content from the likes of YouTube, Gmail, Blogger, and Picasa, handing users a ready-made profile. Some analysts say the site could find its greatest audience on mobile phones—chiefly those running Google's Android.

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