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Google Looking for Head of Social Networking

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Despite unsuccessful attempts to enter the world of social networking (neither Google Buzz nor Orkut never really took off) Google is looking to hire a head of social networking.

GigaOm reports that Google has admitted its shortcomings in the social networking arena and has hired an executive recruiter to find the search giant a "Head of Social." Google says it's casting its net as wide as possible, and according to the recruitment letter GigaOm received, the company knows it's arriving a little late to the party:

"This is a new and very strategic position, as Google knows it is late on this front and is appropriately humble about it. In Google’s view, conceptually, there are two ways to tackle social, each impacting who may be successful in this senior post: 1) building an innovative offering specifically in this area; or 2) developing the capability and integrating social into Google’s existing portfolio."

So, if we're reading this right, we'll either see a whole new social networking site from Google or we'll see another Google Buzz type of affair. Would you be open to social networking with Google? Let us know in the comments below!

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    sot010174 , May 12, 2010 6:55 PM
    3 - Buying Facebook.
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    dman3k , May 12, 2010 7:02 PM
    Nah, buy MySpace, so Google can use MySpace Music/Karaoke that MySpace acquired from iMeem.

    I want my iMeem back on Android!

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    nicklasd87 , May 12, 2010 7:07 PM
    I don't think google needs another way to collect information on users to sell to other corporations...I certainly won't be using it.
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    lradunovic77 , May 12, 2010 7:12 PM
    I am building app which will do what Facebook does but much better, working on this project for past 7 months.
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    jellico , May 12, 2010 7:24 PM
    Sounds like they could save themselves a lot of money and just way ahead in the game if they would just hire an average 16-year-old girl for a summer internship position.
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    cekasone , May 12, 2010 7:25 PM
    Google needs to calm down and focus on Android.
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    Clintonio , May 12, 2010 7:49 PM
    Putting Buzz in Gmail was actually a terrible idea. A dedicated system away from Gmail would have worked a lot better.
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    sliem , May 12, 2010 8:07 PM
    Google needs to stop trying to dominate the world.
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    obiown77 , May 12, 2010 8:27 PM
    "appropriately humble" are you kidding me?! they took over youtube and RUINED IT!!! youtube was a very upclose and personal social site. Now it full of sex, Stupid music, and stupid comedy, and stupid commercials, they put the people who make them money on the front page, the whole main pages of youtube ae complete joke, and thanks to them the best site in the world , (next to THG of course) was made into slapstick bs.

    I honestly think the people who think up googles ideas are good people, and are with good intentions. However, once something google buys or makes gets a big community, it's corporate goon's and greedy investors, take over the decision making, and force anything profit where-ever they can.
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    jellico , May 12, 2010 8:56 PM's corporate goon's and greedy investors, take over the decision making, and force anything profit where-ever they can.

    Bastards!! How dare they! I mean, honestly, who do they think they are trying to make a profit! And these investors... bunch of f-ing a-holes! All they do is look for good places to park their 401K and retirement money where it will grow and provide for them when (if) they finally retire. Greedy sons-of-bitches!!

    One of these days, you will grow up and realize that all of the technology we love, all of the games, music, movies, gadgets, you name it, exist because at some point someone figured out they could make money with it. They kept making it better and better in the hopes of making more and more money. When they make something spectacular, they make a lot of money. When they make something that sucks, they lose a lot of money. But at the heart of the equation is money.
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    Gin Fushicho , May 12, 2010 9:58 PM
    If it's nothing like Facebook..... yes.
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    Lewis57 , May 12, 2010 10:24 PM
    Even if it was a billion times better than facebook, everyones already used to facebook and it does what they need. Theres no reason to change...Unless, you pay us :) 
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    2zao , May 12, 2010 11:02 PM
    both of their ideas buzz and Orkut have awesome attributes that the others dont... if Google just just pull everything together and combine it with better marketing... i would definitely jump onto whatever boat they are sailing...
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    San Pedro , May 12, 2010 11:16 PM
    I loved when I was automatically enrolled in buzz and instantly seen my spam folder fill up. That was a great ideal.
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    Syndil , May 12, 2010 11:47 PM
    sot0101743 - Buying Facebook.

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    jezzarisky , May 13, 2010 12:07 AM
    I wouldn't mind a new social network to challenge facebook, however, in some ways google would have to change their typical GUI to work with it, it works fine for things like searching and email, but social networks are a different ballpark.
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    v12v12 , May 13, 2010 12:59 AM

    Haha you've provided the exact same spin that say Fox news would. There's a big diff between profit for the sake of advancement of technology and providing a REQUESTED service Vs Profit from a 1/2 ass attempt at creating an artificial market through profiling, pressuring and auto-opting-in users.

    Ill faded attempts at "Profit" such as, "hey lets start adding new taxes to fund the city budget" Vs "hey lets find and cut out wasteful spending programs, so we can keep more profit."

    Google is merely trying to force themselves into an already solidified/over-saturated market. And also deceptively forcing its user base to participate unannounced and unrequested into their FOR mega-profit hoax.

    Your spin on overt greed for profit Vs profit from innovation/market demand is laughable. Sorta like "hey the bail outs aren't anyone's fault cept the people that signed up for mortgages they couldn't pay back..."


    "Why did you loan people money that you knew (it's your job to know) might not be able to repay them?"

    Profit Vs hedging bets hoping they'll return big... same old hat. Google is "evil" and overtly greedy like every other soon-to-be Mega-conglomerate start up... Why is it that time after time, a small business that starts out with honest intentions, eventually grows, becomes popular and then a hit. Soon follows the corporate vultures and lackeys to infect your honest-biz with the ideals of "more" profit and even MORE profit for "share holders..." yes the mighty and infinitely greedy "share holders" excuse. Since wtf did "share holders" hold more weight than the people enabling you to survive and prosper; THE CUSTOMER > generic excuse of "share holders."

    Corporate zombies never learn until they get the pink slip and are out in the bread line wondering "WTF? I did my job helping you rip off customers, where's MY CUT?" Sorry buddy you've out-lived your life as an evil cog in the machine now get RIPPED OFF!
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    JOSHSKORN , May 13, 2010 6:52 AM
    Buy Facebook and change its privacy settings so they actually make sense. Or your other alternative is to buy MySpace, make it LIKE Facebook with BETTER privacy settings and add to the MySpace karaoke album. I've NEVER had any luck with Facebook apps. At least Myspace never asks me to enter in my cell phone number and spams me all the time like Facebook ads do.
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