Monday, October 29, 2007

Google tries something else

Google loses Facebook but tries something else
Google may have lost out on a piece of Facebook, but the Web giant is now responding by moving headlong into the territory of Facebook and MySpace. Google plans to incorporate social media features into all of its applications, using them as the glue that sticks each application together. The initiative goes by the name "Maka-Maka" and borrows heavily from Facebook.

"Maka-Maka" has much more to it, of course. Google ultimately aims to "out open" Facebook's platform by letting programmers have access to Google's social graph--which includes data from Orkut, Gmail and Google Talk-to create programs that operate with any or all Google apps and services. The "Maka-Maka" initiative will be unveiled in stages; the first is slated for around Nov. 5

Google, you're sneaky. AND you always come out with good stuff and shake things up. I don't know what to make of this.
A major issue I'm already seeing, is that most users never made profiles with a network - eg I have a flickr which is now owned by Yahoo and a blog with blogspot, now owned by google, email on hotmail (for trash and owned by msn) and email with gmail (for other stuff).
So something like netvibes is handy, because no matter what I use, I can make a central port, with no restrictions and all my daily site visits are centralised. Buzz word people like to call it hyper-aggregating.

Now I'm even more perplexed because Google has iGoogle!
I guess we'll just have to wait and see how good it is, or if it's even good at all...

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