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September 23, 2003
Speculation Engines ... Engage
The Google-is-going-to-buy-Friendster rumour is now out in "print" and publicly linkable (although this doesn't seem like a permanent URL will correct and remove this comment when possible). I've been busting, keeping this to myself for the last week.
So, what does this mean? Why would Google buy Friendster? To get the ball rolling, a few entirely speculative, silly and half-baked answers:
- [Consumer internet]/[social network] stuff is hot now and Google has cash
- Google is dumber than we thought
- Google is smarter than we thought, and we are too dumb to understand Friendster
- Hmm ... PageRank + social networks = ? [More annoying email soliciting friendships. -Ed.]
- People are the new content
- Friendster really can be the Match.com killer
- Google wants lifelong relationships with their users (and their users' relationships)
- Blogger + Friendster = ??
- Blogger + Friendster + Google = ???!
Now, just two more shoes to drop ...
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