Google vs. Facebook

Google has been quietly competing with Facebook since December 2007 with Google Profiles. Google Profiles links back to Google Reader, Google Maps, Picasa, and Flickr among a few other applications. Plus, I have no doubt that they will further integrate Profiles into other applications.

Google has amped up the competition with Facebook by promoting Google Profiles as a person finder. Google is essentially saying to all of us, “If you want to come up when people search your name and look for you, build a Profile (and use all of our other applications).” (If you don’t have a Google Profile you will still come up in Google search).

If Facebook is primarily being used to connect with friends, maintain those connections, and share information and photographs, Google Profiles can do all of that too.

I am interested to see how this growing competition plays out.

If you care, you can see my fairly bare-bones profile here.

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