Techcrunch asked Google about the ways to slay competing dragons like facebook, in the social networking world. Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google had a few words to say that summarizes all "Google Me is not a product, it’s a social layer across all products"(more after the jump).
ThechcrunchArrington: How important is social to google’s future, and how might google go about competing with a large established competitor?
Schmidt: Our view of social is a little different than what everyone has been writing. we want our core products to get better from social information. The best thing that could happen is if Facebook opened up its network and if we could just use that information…Failing that, there are other ways in which we can get that information.
We are trying to add a social component [to google's core products] to make them even better. With your permission…and knowing more about who your friends are, we can provide more tailored recommendations, search quality will be better.
A reasonable expectation [of launch] will be the Fall.