Is google really developing a facebook killer?Monday, July 26, 2010 12:41
Once web users realize the true value of such rankings and search engine, then Google will have some real competition at last.
Of course, Google is not standing still. As those of us who make a full time living from search engine marketing will tell you, Google is placing more emphasis on "user-generated" content and ratings. They have placed more emphasis on the "truer" ranking systems on the web, those coming from social networking sites like Twitter, Digg, Del.icio.us, YouTube, MySpace and even Facebook.
How many Tweets does a post get? How many Diggs does your content gather? How many comments does your YouTube video have? How many Thumbs Up? How many times is a web page bookmarked in Del.icio.us and recommended to friends.
Granted even these social bookmarking sites can be manipulated, but it is just a little harder to do than simple link buying or employing simple SEO tactics/services to get your site to the top spot. Which brings us back to the question at hand - is Google developing a social networking site like Facebook? If you count all the programs/sites which Google currently offers up: Google Wave, Google Voice, iGoogle, Google Accounts, Google Buzz, Gmail, Google Profiles... one could argue... does Google really need another social networking program?
Considering all of these current offerings, is it just me, or is there a lack of focus to all these Google products? Google needs one site which connects all of its programs/products at your fingertips. Maybe iGoogle could fill the spot, but it doesn't take in everything or have that crucial social networking element.
Google should have a social network site like Facebook, where you can easily connect with family, colleagues and friends, but the site should also have a sidebar which lists all the Google programs/sites that you use. The site should be a "one-stop-center" for all things Google.
Google and all its countless programs needs a concrete solid focus or center. One clíck and everything that Google has to provide is displayed on ONE page. More importantly, all Google's products need to be consolidated and connected - Google Voice, Wave, Buzz, Maps, Mail, Profiles, Search... all need to be functional in one simple social networking platform.
Create or develop a user-based ranking/rating system within this newly formed social networking site and Google will be able to rival Facebook when it comes to true democratic search. Such a site, if it does materialize, could give Google's Search Engine, and search in general, a much needed dose of honesty. Then again, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride and Google would no longer be a one trick pony.
About The Author: All opinions expressed in this piece are solely those of the author who has been following Google since it was a mere BackRub. He is also a full time search engine marketer who operates numerous niche sites, as well as two sites on Internet Marketing, where you can get valuable marketing tips for free: internet marketing Titus Hoskins Copyright 2010. This article may be freely distributed if this resource box stays attached.
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