A Facebook Rival in the Making? Google May Stir Up Social Networking

Posted by: Micah Pratt

For years Facebook has been a growing trend for people of all ages. Most recently “FarmVille” has been the latest craze, allowing people to create their own online farm, animals and all. Google and partner Zynga, the creator of “FarmVille” and other popular social media games, may now be in the process of creating Google Me, a site that may lessen the popularity of Facebook. I would like to share an article from by Doug Gross about the making of Google Me and its potential impact on social networking.

‘Google Me’ site may be in the works

(CNN) — If online reports are to be believed, Google could be cooking up a rival for Facebook — and bringing the maker of popular social games like “FarmVille” with them.

Google Games, built around some sort of partnership with casual-gaming company Zynga, is in the works and would be part of a larger social network called Google Me, according to technology blog Tech Crunch.
Statements from notable internet players, including Digg founder Kevin Rose and a former Facebook chief technical officer, have suggested in recent weeks that the search-engine giant is working on a social network geared toward rivaling Facebook.
TechCrunch this weekend reported that unnamed sources said Google has invested between $100 and $200 million in Zynga, the maker of successful online social games like “FarmVille” and “Mafia Wars.”
The investment part of the deal was confirmed last month and a “larger strategic project” is still in the works, according to that report.
A Zynga spokeswoman said Monday that the company has no comment on the reports. A Google spokesman referred questions to the company’s media-relations e-mail account, which did not respond to inquiries.