Former Facebook Executive Confirms Google’s New Social Network

Tue, Jun 29, 2010

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According to InsideFacebook, Google is looking to approach the social networking monstrosity once again from a different angle. Google’s previous efforts Orkut, Buzz, and Google Profiles have likely been successful in their own right but have not captured the rest of the internet as they might have hoped.

The social network development, now dubbed “Me” was first revealed in a tweet by Digg founder Kevin Rose but has since been deleted. Now, a former Facebook executive, Adam D’Angelo has written a small entry about himself that reveals the social network. The entry reads:

“Adam D’Angelo, involved in Facebook early on

Here is what I’ve pieced together from some reliable sources:
• 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.
• They realized that Buzz wasn’t enough and that they need to build out a full, first-class social network. They are modeling it off of Facebook.
• Unlike previous attempts (before Buzz at least), this is a high-priority project within Google.
• They had assumed that Facebook’s growth would slow as it grew, and that Facebook wouldn’t be able to have too much leverage over them, but then it just didn’t stop, and now they are really scared.”

Along with that information, the new network from Google will likely incorporate Google services and have a Facebook-like interface. News feeds, applications and walls would likely follow as well, but would probably fix where Facebook has gone wrong in areas like privacy.

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