"Busy people don’t want another social network, what they want is the convenience of aggregation. We’ve done that. Hotmail customers have benefited from Microsoft working with Flickr, Facebook, Twitter and 75 other partners since 2008.”
It's true that Hotmail offers users a very similar service, allowing them to share content from Facebook, Flickr and more, but it seems Microsoft more has a problem with how Google is marketing it than anything else.
Take away all of the social networking buzz words (pardon the pun) from Google's announcement, and it's basically the same product Hotmail users have been using for a long time. So is Microsoft just mad that they didn't make a bigger deal of their Hotmail sharing-stream when it launched, or do they genuinely think Google is on the wrong track?
Yahoo! is also doing some serious PR work, letting everyone know that Yahoo! Updates has been live for more than a year. Essentially offering the same service, Yahoo! offers more than 200 third-party sites that feed into Yahoo! Updates – like Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, Yelp and Yahoo! Buzz – allowing people to see and share when they’ve uploaded photos, changed their status, "buzzed up" a news story or posted a new restaurant review.
What do you think? Is this the green-eyed monster rearing its ugly head or is Microsoft just doing "we did it first!" damage control? It's pretty clear Yahoo! is doing the latter but what say you regarding Redmond? Let us know in the comments below.