After watching the Facebook Live announcements a few questions and topics for discussion have risen.
In the next 5 years Facebook hopes to be the infrastructure for applications in the social networking realm. They just announced that they will be adding some more features to the existing chat and group chat. They now have new code that will examine your browser's width and determine if a buddy list will fit and then show the buddy list. As well as the option to add friends to an existing chat. All this leads to video chat from a "one click" button on a friends page, all help accomponied by Skype.
FB has many other integrations with other unnamed companies that they hope will use their social network infrastructure. What it looks like is that they are trying to make communication seamless, and use common ground to help "break the ice" between strangers.
How about Google? As big as they are, why is it they lack in the social networking realm. It is not secret that is not the position they want to be in. We all know, they more Google knows about you, that information will be easily accessible to the people you know and don't know.
In discussion with DrSkillzz, Googles new and past features have not done well. Google Wave, what was supposed to be a collaborative email tool did not seem to catch on to the masses, nor has Buzz.
I think the biggest reason why Google's products and features have not lifted off as well as intended are because a lack of personal relationship. To ellaborate, lets talk about FaceBook again. From day 1, Facebook has had a personal relationship with its users. You sign up, you get a profile, put a picture, talk about whatever you want, connect with friends, messages, connect with strangers with common intrests, etc. And you do this... at your convienence, spare of the moment, and when someone says "check the new ___ i just posted. You feel connected.
Google has just now started in that direction to the masses. When we think of google, we think of a huge data base of knowedge, not a personal page or site to catch up on what is going on socially around you and with your close friends. Google's infrastructure is seamlesly built around data that you look for, while FB's infrastructure is built to show you data of your life and surrounding.
What will it take for Google to get where FB is?