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Why Google (GOOG) increasingly considers Facebook a mortal threat: "The company that controls...

Why Google (GOOG) increasingly considers Facebook a mortal threat: "The company that controls the traffic gets the power and the money... Social networks drive an ever increasing share of traffic on the internet, and that traffic is power and money." The threat is to Google's standing as the central internet company "that everyone gravitates around."
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  • Wyatt Junker
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    Seriously, if Facebook can threaten Google then Google wasn't a real company in the first place. That's like saying MySpace is threatening the Pentagon.
    22 Apr 2011, 11:29 AM Reply Like
  • citizenleung
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    I find it funny that people complain about Google's privacy issues when they voluntarily vomit everything about themselves onto Facebook.
    22 Apr 2011, 11:56 AM Reply Like
  • Joe Dirnfeld
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    Facebook did apparently help organize and spread the revolution in Egypt. Facebook did apparently help Obama get elected. Obama is in charge of the pentagon as supreme commander of USA forces. Something does not sound right, barrack Hussein Obama apparently head of USA forces.


    Facebook has a huge audience, easy to target with adds according to their likes/dislikes, etc.. Diverting Internet dollars from google to facebook, i guess. Any thoughts about that out there?
    22 Apr 2011, 02:02 PM Reply Like
  • Ken Solonika
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    Yes, tin foil is in aisle 12.
    22 Apr 2011, 11:48 PM Reply Like
  • Bouchart
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    The thing with social networking sites is that there are no significant barriers to entry, other than customer loyalty and branding. If Facebook is a serious threat then Google should be able to build a comparable social networking site without too much difficulty, right?
    22 Apr 2011, 02:31 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    The same can be said of Google or Amazon.


    People only use Google because its Google. Not any real added value or anything uniquely novel about it. Its a search.


    And Amazon is one successful competitor away from imploding. Did you see how paranoid they were when Zappos began eating their shit? Sure, they quickly bought Zappos because they didn't want that cat to get out of the bag. That little secret would have killed them. Anyone can mimic big name sites if you're able to get the sheep/masses to hop a fence. The sheep will do what they're told and go anywhere they are told to go.


    Google, Facebook, Amazon. They are just the result of a lazy user who doesn't want to try anything other than what's been mainstreamed for them. But be assured that someday there will be another Google, with another stupid ass name. And then the sheep will go there.
    22 Apr 2011, 03:08 PM Reply Like
  • mike7313
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    Absurd! Who the heck uses Facebook to search anything? You don't take the A train to get to the Bronx!
    22 Apr 2011, 03:23 PM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    Not much of a fan of Facebook, in fact have deleted my account years ago, for many reasons, one of them being the issue citizenleung brought up.


    However, a new search engine on the scene, Blekko, was built with the goal of eliminating spam and content farms from search results. It has alot of human interaction on top of the algorithms. It has direct Facebook integration to the search results, where people can use the Like system and also make comments on the results to vouch for them.


    That's Google's core business right there being directly threatened, but we'll see where it goes. What I've found in searching for results, is the most popular answers are not always the most helpful.


    Facebook could just become another MySpace or Geocities in the long term, though spidering their stuff all over the web with the Like button was pretty smart.
    22 Apr 2011, 03:27 PM Reply Like
  • DavyJ
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    So one of the strengths of blekko is the use of slashtags?


    Slashtags are a set of short community-created conventions for attributing information on Twitter, also called microsyntax. They are designed to be succinct and provide an easy way to provide metadata about a tweet, especially when "retweeting".


    22 Apr 2011, 08:43 PM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    Not sure what the point it is you're trying to make with your "gotcha" comment.
    22 Apr 2011, 08:57 PM Reply Like
  • DavyJ
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    I'd say less than one percent of Internet users would understand that definition.


    Reminds me of the cryptic definitions in Unix years ago in a prior life.
    22 Apr 2011, 09:09 PM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    Ah, I am following now. Good point.
    22 Apr 2011, 09:33 PM Reply Like
  • Insurance Bull
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    Google should feel threatened since Facebook is attracting more internet traffic. Also Facebook is talked about much more in daily social conversations, which is how Google was years ago. However, Google has a much more sound business background, which means when people start to get bored of Facebook, like what happened to Myspace, then Google will stay strong, and probably have added more applications for users to use. Facebook's popularity would only drop if another social site blows up.


    For the Facebook IPO hopefuls: if Facebook does not go public within the next couple years the stock will be short lived, since it is most certainly not a long term growth company at this point...
    22 Apr 2011, 09:00 PM Reply Like
  • Robert Hennecke
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    Facebook to me is a poor execution of a good idea. The Winklemeirs probably wouldn't have made it so dictatorial. They deleted one of my accounts arbitrarily after I had build up friends. Someone in the shadows can get facebook to make life difficult for you. Seriously, Google is a much smarter company but what needs to be realized is that a good 60 % of the regular facbook users are not too swift and overlook it's serious shortcomings. Forstly it is extremely cumbersome and inefficient to use and searching even their own site is notoriously ineffective. Google should have already cobbled together a much more effective social networking site by now. My solution to them is for Google to buy out social networking sites that are playing second fiddle to Facebook and knit them together. This could possibly be done on the cheap actually as non US companies can be bought cheaper but it would bring the total user base into the millions once Google merged them. The Russian version of Facebook is called VBKontact (something like that) etc....etc....Facebook is crap and has been lucky thus far. Google can really make a serious dent if it would use my strategy.
    23 Apr 2011, 07:02 AM Reply Like
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