Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Google Me

Have you Googled yourself lately? Most people have but the Google Me in this context is the much-rumoured and anticipated social networking community powered by Google. Google's attempt at social media in the past has not been successful. How many of you have used or even heard of Orkut, Buzz or Friend Connect? All these are examples of Google products that have attempted to crack the social media market and have not.

The rumour of Google Me started when Digg founder Kevin Rose tweeted that that Google is working on a Facebook competitor. It was seconded by former Facebook CTO Adam D'Angelo on the question and answer Web site Quora "This is not a rumor. This is a real project. There are a large number of people working on it. I am completely confident about this." This would be an opportune time for Google to come up with a competitor to Facebook that has been having problems of late with their security setting.

I left Facebook because of the weak security and the lack of control I felt I had with my privacy settings. I'm sure that the developers of Google Me will learn from the privacy mistakes committed by Facebook and release a more secure social networking site.

After all, it is in Google's best interest to get to know more about you. What better way to find out then to create a platform where you voluntarily spell is all out for them. Then try Googing yourself and see the information that comes up. How did they find out all that information about you? Beats me! - No .... Google Me!

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