Google to develop Facebook competitor

Thursday, 29 July 2010, 02:28 Hrs   |    6 Comments
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Bangalore: In a bid to compete with social networking website Facebook, internet giant Google is in talks with several makers of popular online gaming companies to develop a broader social networking service, said a media report.

Attributing to people familiar with the matter, the 'Wall Street Journal' reported that Google has been in discussions with top developers like Playdom, Electronic Arts' Playfish and Zynga Game Network, a company in which Google recently took a financial stake, to offer their games on a new service it is building.

However, it is unclear when Google may launch the new gaming offering and the plans are not finalised, the report noted.

Google already owns and operates the social networking site 'Orkut'.

According to the publication, Google's push into social games represents the latest attempt by the web-search leader to capture users and advertising dollars that are increasingly flowing to social networking, an area dominated by Facebook, Twitter and others.

For social-game developers, a successful Google offering would mean they wouldn't be so heavily dependent on Facebook, where the vast majority of users access the games.
Source: PTI
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