Thursday, December 9, 2010

confidential screenshot of google me

Some of you may have heard of Google's +1 (previously known as Google 'Me'), a vehicle that the search giant's cooking up to run along with the big-daddy of social networking (hint: It's not MySpace). Now, TechCrunch has come across bits and pieces of its integration with their typical blue-colored links that we see to the top right is seen in a confidential screen-shot. If you pay attention to the image below, you'll see a typical Google News page but with minor updates. Next to the "Confidential!" label, there's a Share button; which presumably should work the same way the "Facebook like" or "Facebook recommend" buttons plugged on most websites today (including ours).

Another difference is the presence of a "Loop" service along with the usual array of Google's services lined up at the top left. Loop is basically Google nomenclature for Groups where you can add or remove people that cater to common interests. And again, the functionality of this doesn't seem all too different from Facebook's recently-launched Groups feature.

TechCrunch also asked Google for more dope on this but Google replied in a typical discreet way that any company would about any product that's under wraps saying, "We're always experimenting with new ways to improve our products, and we have already confirmed that we are focused on incorporating social elements across Google. But we have nothing new to announce at this time."

Sure you don't Google, sure you don't. But just answer me this - what will happen to Orkut? Or have you forgotten it as much as i have?