Google to Launch Google Circles, a Facebook Competitor

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    Mar 13, 2011 8:51 PM GMT
    I'm looking forward to a viable facebook alternative... but I'm not someone who posts frequent updates either and sees it more as something of a living/dynamic address book for keeping in touch with people.

    http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_to_launch_major_new_social_network_called_c.php

    We believe that Google will preview a major new social service called Google Circles at South by Southwest Interactive today. Update: Google has now officially denied that Circles will launch here, but not that it exists. Others, including Tim O'Reilly, have also now confirmed that they've seen it and that it's awesome. If what we've heard is correct, the service will offer photo, video and status message sharing. Everything users share on Circles will be shared only with the most appropriate circle of social contacts in their lives, not with all your contacts in bulk. Circles may be shown off at an event co-hosted tonight by the ACLU, an organization focused on privacy and the liberties it affords. It may not be a big public launch yet, but it's clear that this is a major product in the works at the very least.


    More here: http://networkeffect.allthingsd.com/20110313/new-google-circles-would-have-more-nuanced-sharing-but-google-says-no-launch-imminent/
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    Mar 14, 2011 3:33 AM GMT
    The problem with social media is that ALL or Most of your "friends" need to be on it to communicate. I know I use Facebook as an alternate to email now, really big deal since I hardly use email to communicate anymore.

    Myspace almost had it but unfortunately got the reputation as being a Teen website and never took off with older users. So many younger users did not use it much to communicate with friends. Facebook bridged the gap.

    If Google hopes to make any inroads in social media they need to lure "Everyone" from Facebook, not sure how that could happen.

    I think they would be smart to create in Facebook apps of Google related social items such as groups of co-workers like EMS, or Accountants, retail, etc. But I am not in marketing or technology so I have no clue.
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    Mar 19, 2011 2:12 AM GMT
    EMSman saidThe problem with social media is that ALL or Most of your "friends" need to be on it to communicate. I know I use Facebook as an alternate to email now, really big deal since I hardly use email to communicate anymore.

    Myspace almost had it but unfortunately got the reputation as being a Teen website and never took off with older users. So many younger users did not use it much to communicate with friends. Facebook bridged the gap.

    If Google hopes to make any inroads in social media they need to lure "Everyone" from Facebook, not sure how that could happen.

    I think they would be smart to create in Facebook apps of Google related social items such as groups of co-workers like EMS, or Accountants, retail, etc. But I am not in marketing or technology so I have no clue.

    +1 .. really concur with your logic. But did you factor in Google's hidden agenda to infiltrate every single devices with their OS. It might not be so far-fetched once everyone has a google phone and has a preloaded Circles app that cannot be removed. All you got to do then is turn your phone ON, and you're officially logged into their social network. It's been done before with new devices .. (i.e. G2)

    There is also several other factors that they are appealing to the masses. If you click on the first link that riddler78 posted, and scroll down to the Real Life Social Network V2. Or as embedded below. Flip through it and you'll understand what I mean.