Unlike Amazon and Apple who are considered respected partners, Facebook founder and CEO Marl Zuckerberg recently acknowledged in an interview that Google is indeed a rival, labeling the new Google+ social network as the search engine giant's "own little version of Facebook." He made this comment while talking with Charlie Rose in an exclusive interview which aired Monday night on PBS.
"People like to talk about war," he said. "There are a lot of ways in which the companies work together. There are real competitions in there, but I don’t think this is going to be the type of situation where there’s one company that wins all the stuff. Google in some ways is more competitive. When I look at Amazon and Apple, I see companies that are extremely aligned with us. We have a lot of conversations with people at both companies trying to figure out ways in which we can do more together."
"We're focused on doing one thing incredibly well," added COO Sheryl Sandberg who also took part in the interview. "If you look at other companies, all of these companies are doing a lot of different things but we’re still, as we grow, doing exactly one thing."
As if proving Zuckerberg right in regards to his "own little version of Facebook" comment, Google announced on Monday that it added Google+ Pages to its social networking site, allowing companies and other entities to set up shop just like they do on Facebook.
"For you and me, this means we can now hang out live with the local bike shop, or discuss our wardrobe with a favorite clothing line, or follow a band on tour. Google+ pages give life to everything we find in the real world," said Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering. "And by adding them to circles, we can create lasting bonds with the pages (and people) that matter most."
Numerous companies and popular brands have already created pages including Macy's, Angry Birds, Toyota, Pepsi, Good Morning America and more. Organizations can create their Google+ Page by heading here.
As for the PBS interview, the Facebook founder/CEO, COO and Charlie Rose cover 54 minutes worth of topics spanning Zuckerberg's experience with Apple's Steve Jobs, going public with Facebook, the Chinese government’s block of the social website, and even why Facebook will never be a games developer. To watch the full interview, head here.