Google has been hush hush about their massive social initiative, once rumoured to be called ‘Google Me’. Everyone thought that it would be a full fledged social network, but now we’re not so sure anymore. The project has been delayed time and again. The last rumour mentioned a late 2010 launch, but they’ve further delayed the release date to March or April 2011. The project is being headed by Vic Gundotra, VP of engineering, and one of Google’s most public faces.
This is what a Google spokesperson had to say:
“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”
Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt mentioned a few months back that Google is indeed in the process of incorporating social components into its core products. This is what he had said:
“If you think about it, it’s obvious. With your permission, knowing more about who your friends are, we can provide more tailored recommendations. Search quality can get better”
The grapevine has it that the delays are being caused due to clashing views on design, purpose and execution of the project. But isn’t that most of it already?