Web abuzz on talk of Google Facebook killer

Speculation is spreading around the Web that Google Inc. is building a site that could be a Facebook-killer. The talk spreading virally online is that Google is developing a social networking service, dubbed Google Me. The rumor started to fly after Digg founder Kevin Rose posted a tweet Saturday, saying, “Ok, umm, huge rumor: Google to launch facebook competitor very soon ‘Google Me,’ very credible source.” Rose hasn’t offered any more tweets on the subject, and Google refused to respond to the report on Monday. The rumor might also be gaining strength simply because Google, which started as a search service, is known to be expanding from its core business at a fast pace and in a growing number of directions. For instance, last summer, Google announced that it was developing an operating system called Chrome OS. Then last September, it released its Google Wave collaboration tool, taking another step away from its search roots. Google has also extended its reach into the mobile phone arena with its Android operating system for mobile phones and its Google-branded and designed Nexus One mobile phone, while also announcing that it plans to build what it calls ultra-high-speed broadband networks in some parts of the U.S. The company also took a major swing at social networking sites Twitter and Facebook when it unveiled its Google Buzz upgrades to Gmail that make it more of a social networking hub and not just an e-mail service

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9178639/Web_abuzz_on_talk_of_Google_Facebook_killer_

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