(CNN) — Google is working on a social service to rival Facebook, if web rumors are to be believed.
And while Google’s social-networking efforts have so far fallen flat, even satisfied Facebook users should hope that the search engine’s efforts bear fruit.
First, to the rumor: A now-deleted Tweet last weekend from entrepreneur Kevin Rose claimed that Google is working on a Facebook competitor called “Google Me.”
That claim gained credence as former Facebook CTO Adam D’Angelo weighed in. Posting a response on the question-and-answer service Quora, D’Angelo wrote: “This is not a rumor. This is a real project. There are a large number of people working on it. I am completely confident about this.”
Google, he added, is threatened by Facebook’s rise to prominence and feels the need to build a social network of its own.
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The search giant has legitimate cause for concern.
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