Eric Schmidt Google CEO has officially confirmed at yesterday’s Google Zeitgeist conference in Arizona that Google will be launching their social network Google Me sometime in this Fall.
From the information released it appears that the new Google Me service will not be a central hub for social networking. As hoped for by existing social networks. But will focus on adding social networking components to existing Google services.
Google has already been developing a rival (known internally as Google Me) to Facebook, who have 500 million users who share photos, comments and website links with a network of friends.
Google has already been working with Zynga in an attempt to lure Farmville and Mafia Wars from Facebook exclusivity by investing $100 million in to the company.
The new Google Me social network is expected to allow friends to view and be altered of pages or videos veiwed by social contacts within a unique commenting section privately available to your Google Me social network.
Only time will tell as to whether Google will make gains on Facebook after other failed attempts by Google to start a social network, including Orkut in 2004 and Google Buzz more recently.