Feeds

Social Schmidt eyes up Facebook integration

Whether Zuck likes it or not. Ha!

A new approach to endpoint data protection

Eric Schmidt took a passive-aggressive stance towards Facebook yesterday as he outlined the search'n'ads giant's plans for social networking.

Speaking at the Zeitgeist conference in Arizona, Schmidt said Google's product lineup would get more social networking add-ons by the end of this year.

According to sources quoted by the Wall Street Journal, these will come under the Google Me banner.

However, according to the Guardian, Google's strategy was more about "layers" of social networking features and access to other platforms, rather than an all-out walled-off Facebook rival.

This apparently humbler approach might be appropriate given Google's previous false starts in social networking-esque products, such as the short-lived Wave and its Buzz service.

The firm hoped to be able to integrate users' Facebook contact information into its own products, Schmidt reportedly said - whether Facebook was open to the idea or not.

"The best thing that would happen is for Facebook to open up its data," the Wall Street Journal quoted Schmidt as saying. "Failing that, there are other ways to get that information."

The Wall Street Journal said Schmidt did not elaborate, but given Google's sprawling tendrils it shouldn't be beyond the wit of its engineers to knock up code to rapidly pull together an individual's contacts a la Facebook.

Who knows, it could even give users a fresh start, by allowing them a pause for thought on exactly how many old schoolmates they want on their list.

Either way, it will strengthen Google's grip on who its users are - and who its non-users are too. ®

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration

More from The Register

next story
PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users
Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Fiendishly complex password app extension ships for iOS 8
Just slip it in, won't hurt a bit, 1Password makers urge devs
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Cloudy CoreOS Linux distro declares itself production-ready
Lightweight, container-happy Linux gets first Stable release
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?