The word is out–it’s coming. Google will be taking another stab at social media. Four months ago, Google released Google Buzz which failed to impress just about everyone…that has ever even heard of it. Google Buzz is a tool that allows it’s users to share links, pictures, and thoughts with friends through gmail. However, Buzz caused some major piracy issues upon it’s debut, and it’s limited use wasn’t really putting any roadblocks in front of Facebook’s growth. Google is making a new move with this project tentatively called Google Me. Google Me will be a first-class social network, much more than Okrut and Buzz are. Apparently, they are modeling it off Facebook, which is likely to mean that there will be similar features like news feeds and personal profiles.
Social media and networking has been an important goal for Google, but the company hasn’t been able to produce anything innovative. If Google Me does come to light, expect it to be a better version of Facebook. I would imagine that it would have more clear-cut privacy settings and controls, allowing users to feel a bit more comfortable posting content and sharing personal information. But, will anyone use it? Afterall, Facebook has been developing their network since 2004. Timing is everything.