Google is introducing a competitor to Facebook called Google+:
… Google+ is a different kind of project, requiring a different kind of focus—on you. That’s why we’re giving you more ways to stay private or go public; more meaningful choices around your friends and your data; and more ways to let us know how we’re doing. All across Google.
How sweet of them, thinking about me.
This is a major project for google, where it consists of multiple sub-projects (Circles, Sparks), plus retooling their existing products like Gmail (via their People Widget), Buzz, and even their Search interface.
It’s by invitation only. You can hope for an invitation to Google+ by signing up.
Wired has an interesting article about Google+ (despite it reading like an ad too much) that highlights why many (including myself) don’t like Facebook: one tends to over-share information – too many damn “friends”. Google+ appears to be addressing that. We’ll see.
I know this is old (yesterday) news.