Google Me is rumored to be the a direct competitor of Facebook
The rumors could be true. Google Me is supposedly the latest project being hammered out by a large staff of tech elves soon to be in direct competition with Facebook, the largest and most popular social media website today.
Lately Google has been pumping up Google Buzz, adding new apps and allowing users to be more easily connected. Google Me, however; could take their venture into the social media world a lot further.
There will be a few things for Google to overcome if it wants to be a large competitor of Facebook, which currently has 450 million users and growing. It is thriving far more than MySpace, and the interface is user friendly and well connected to other social network sites like Twitter and Digg.
The new information about Google Me originated from Adam D’Angelo, a former Facebook CTO and owner of the website, Quora. D’Angelo seems confident in his predictions, but Google is still keeping it under wraps for the most part.
Google Me, if it is true, would add healthy competition to the social media landscape, which has been so saturated that only a few remain on top like Facebook and Twitter. Google has had great success with its other online ventures that it will be interesting to watch as the company ventures further out into the social media arena.
Google Buzz users can now enable Google Maps
If you are a fan of Google Maps then you are going to love this. Google just announced on Monday, June 7, that it has added the maps feature to its popular Google Buzz service, which gives users instant access and easy sharing capabilities.
The new addition is a feature that is optional and needs to be enabled within a user’s Google account under the service settings then by clicking on the Labs tab. Google Maps has become a competitive tool in the online world, and now it can be added directly to a Google Buzz e-mail. Once it is enabled, the map will automatically be generated based on any U.S. address information and is fully interactive. In the future Google plans to expand this new capability to worldwide addresses.
More than ever Google Maps is become the most popular because of it’s easy to use format, satellite images, and accuracy. For example, GM just announced that it will be utilizing Google Maps now in its OnStar service beginning with the Chevy Volt, which is an electric high-tech vehicle. And of course iPhone, Android, and Blackberry customers already have easy access to the application.
What does this all mean for Google Buzz users? It brings easy of use, quicker directions and maps and faster communication. This is just one more enhancement that Google will continue to bring to Buzz fans.
Google Buzz API integrates with twelve social apps
Google Buzz is growing up and maturing into a more compatible, multi-platform tool like Facebook and Twitter with the addition the Google Buzz API. Now Buzz users can go outside of Gmail and tap into applications like Tweetdeck, Seesmic and Boxee.
The announcement came today and is refreshing for current Gmail account holders who have not completely embraced Google Buzz being a part of their e-mail. It is expected that with the connection with other social network apps that there will be more of a Buzz community emerging, especially since the new version will now be compatible with Facebook and Twitter.
Video sharing will be a major plus for those familiar with Boxee, which will now be integrated with Google Buzz API. And Seesmic will now be using Buzz with its newly updated apps, its redesigned Desktop and with Android.
Because this is a brand new API, Google has created a Buzz API issue tracker to report any bugs and a developer’s forum. The company plans to continue to add to Google Buzz API in the hopes of making it a universally compatible social network platform.
There are currently twelve apps that are now integrated with Google Buzz listed on the website. A developer’s manual has also been issued so that Buzz users can quickly get up to speed with the new API technology.