Tag Archives: Social Networking

Google+ ( The Facebook Killer )

Facebook has been dominant for an long time in the social networking area. There were many that tried to kill Facebook. But none did the job well, even Google’s own Orkut. Google previous attempt on social networking was Orkut it was soo successful in India and Brazil. Then it faded of as many like Friendster, MySpace etc;. Now Google has started it own social networking site to become an Facebook killer. This also one of the sites that actually gives us an belief that it would be an certain Facebook killer.

The new Google+ has many features that looks really promising it is designed around “Circles” that allow users to group people within their social sphere into different categories. Google says that the people you tend to meet up with on Saturday nights, for example, can be grouped into their own category, while parents can be placed into another. You can then decide to share only certain information with different Circles.

In addition, the social service includes a feature called Hangouts that lets you find others who are “hanging out” on the Web. If you decide to join a given hangout, you’ll be able to engage in a video chat with the others there. Google+ also comes with an Instant Upload option that automatically uploads all photos and videos from your phone to your profile. From there, you can decide who to share that content with.

This features are promising and also new to us. Yet still we have to see what happens and Facebook also has its loyal fans as well.

And there is also an rumor that Facebook is also creating some new features up and Mark Zuckerberg has some tricks  in his sleeve. Well we have to look out for in the coming future. If u have any suggestion how Google+ should be do comment below. Follow me on twitter on http://twitter.com/#!/Sudharshan_Hi5

Google’s Acquisitions Of Social Networking Services

Google acquired SayNow, Fflick last week. The acquisition was pressed in SayNow.

SayNow is a voice based social networking site, which offers social voice postings to the followers. The idea is close to podcasting. Thousands of celebrities are publishing in SayNow for millions of members in it.

Fflick is a Social networking service for reviewing. It is acquired by Google’s Youtube. Fflick is not active in service now, it seems it will integrate to youtube soon.

Above are the two of three acquisition made in jan, 2011. The other Social networking acquisitions of Google are Jambool, Slide, SocialDeck.

Jambool is a virtual currency platform, that handles in the form of ‘social gold’. Jambool is the main competitor of Facebook Credits.

Slide, a widget providing service for sites, is another form of social servicer acquired by Google on Aug, 2010. Slide allows the feature of video comments, photo comments in it.

SocialDeck is another form of social gaming platform acquired by Google. SocialDeck provides monetizing capability to social gaming.

Following is a quote from Wall Street Journal,

In an interview this week, Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt declined to confirm the development of a social-networking service that would incorporate social games, rumored to be called “Google Me.” When asked if Google’s service might resemble Facebook’s, Mr. Schmidt said “the world doesn’t need a copy of the same thing.”

From this we can say Google is not going to surprise us by providing one more social networking site, instead it will provide new service based on new and innovative ideas. This is the way Google chose to rule the social networking world. So to conclude, Google’s acquisition of social networking sites will continue, if the site is providing any innovative service, not what all the SNS giants like Facebook or MySpace has.