Answering a question on Q&A service Quora, former Facebook CTO Adam D’Angelo claims Google Me is real. Here’s what he had to say about it:
“This is not a rumor. This is a real project. There are a large number of people working on it. I am completely confident about this.
They realized that Buzz wasn’t enough and that they need to build out a full, first-class social network. They are modeling it off of Facebook.
Unlike previous attempts (before Buzz at least), this is a high-priority project within Google.It is clear that google is desperate to get into social networking stream, which has been a distant reach for google. Recent google buzz’s failure and orkut’s confinement to certain countries(South America and INDIA) has left google with no choice other that to start working for a full-first class social networking site, which is believed to compete with Facebook. If Google really is building a Facebook competitor, will it just be what Buzz was to Twitter – a solid copy – or something entirely new? Is google dumping orkut for “google me” ?
They had assumed that Facebook’s growth would slow as it grew, and that Facebook wouldn’t be able to have too much leverage over them, but then it just didn’t stop, and now they are really scared.”