With the imminent launch of Google Me, a new social network from the search engine giant. The social network fight has never been greater, is Google Me really going to be able to take on social networking king Facebook?
The first major object in Google Me’ way is the fact that do people even need a new social network?, everyone seems pretty happy with Facebook, Twitter and crew at the moment. Even with Facebooks recent privacy issues and the Twitter hacking episode.
Since it first began in Zuckerberg’s university digs, Facebook has gone from strength to strength increasing users on a daily based, this year passing the 500 million active users mark. An amazing achievement for something that started so small.
Earlier this year Google confirmed rampant rumours that they were indeed going to have their own social networking feature, apply named Google Me.
Social search has enabled search engines, Google included to get a better idea of what the user wants, what they look at, etc. The Facebook “like” function has helped massively here. We are now starting to see social search elements being included in search engine algorthytms, in turn meaning the user gets a better experience, which at the end of the day is what Google is all about.
Google moving into the social networking market could be seen as a good move for the user, after all Google is all about the user. Who knows us users may get a better experience from Google Me than we do currently from Facebook, but really are we open to even changing networks to get that better experience?
So Google Me is coming whether we like it or not, whether we’ll use it or not. Can it succeed where MySpace failed? Time will tell if it can take on the social networking giant. Let us know your views; will you be tempted to change social networking sites? Or are you Facebook forever?