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Google’s Secret Social Project Delayed Until Spring 2011 Due to Internal Debates

Google has delayed its social networking platformed, rumored to be called as “Google Me,” until Spring 2011. It was expected to be out in 2010 or early 2011, but that has been pushed back to do delays.

The project is a top-secret affair, even within the company. The rumors were running wild earlier this year about Google Me. According to chatter, at the time, it was going to be a “full, first-class social network” designed as a direct competitor to Facebook.

The project lead is said to be Vic Gundotra, Vice President, Engineering at Google.

“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,” a Google spokesperson said. “But we’ve nothing new to announce at this time.”

So what’s causing the delay? The likely culprit is disagreement on the design, purpose and execution of the project. One of our sources told us that he/she has heard “tales of disorganization and too many different teams working parallel or in conflict.”


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