There is a buzz going around that Google may launch a Facebook clone called “Google Me”. The huge rumor is spread after Digg CEO Kevin Rose tweeted a few weeks ago about developing a social network by Google. Even Adam D’Angelo, founder of Q&A service Quora, claimed the news to be a real project and Google CEO Eric Schmidt hasn’t denied these reports yet. To add some more spice into it, it is heard from a source that Google is now conducting focus groups to gather information about consumers’ social habits.
According to a source, Google is asking people to conduct a small survey to verify their eligibility for a “usability study” with Google and such tipster’s study is to take place shortly at the Google’s Office in Dublin, Ireland. The duration of such study would be 60 minutes and the participants receiving 60 Euros. The questionnaires focus around and relate both offline and online life of social networking. The line of questioning also seems to reflect Google’s social strategy and analysis that was unveiled in a recent presentation by Paul Adams, lead user-experience researcher of Google.
It’s not new for Google to conduct such type of surveys before launching current or future products and so its not surprising for me. Even there’s no doubt that Google is seriously thinking about social networking. But it makes me think that, why the hell would Google try to launch a new social network when they already have Orkut? They could easily re-modify and upgrade it according to the users’ choices. What do you guys think? Though such survey does not confirm the launching of “Google Me” we all have to wait and watch what exactly the search engine giants has to offers us. We, being a provider of SEO services India, are keeping our finger crossed to see what Google Me brings in for our clients!
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