Big Social Networking Announcement Today? My Guesses... - Page 2
With 750,000,000 members, if Facebook could replicate most of these services in its own interface, it would have a far louder (and more mainstream) voice shouting their enjoyment of these same features.
I believe this is what Facebook plans to reveal today, to much fanfare.
There are some (perhaps tongue-in-cheek) hints in statements made earlier by Robert in his Google+ stream, as well as some moves made recently by either Facebook or companies working in concert with them. Here’s my piece-together from my ear-to-the-ground efforts of late.
Enhanced Group-based Image Sharing: TechCrunch revealed two months ago a possible stand-alone image sharing app created by the Facebook Team, possibly called Hovertown. I covered this story, and the app’s images look pretty solid. Perhaps this not a stand-alone app after all, but a group-based feature set being worked on that would take advantage of a new grouping structure being rolled out on Facebook.
Skype as a Hangout Competitor: Microsoft purchased Skype just a few months back, rolling them in as a sub-division of the software megalith. Skype’s video conferencing system, embedded into a Facebook interface, would allow both computer-based and mobile-based Hangout style conferencing fun. Tech Voyage has already sighted some of these embedded features rolling out in Facebook...
GroupMe as a Huddles Replacement: Skype in turn just acquired the group-based mobile messaging service GroupMe, which is already fully-fleshed out on its own. Skype’s purchase might have caused a few folks to forget the chain of command going up to Microsoft. And then over to Facebook. With GroupMe features in Facebook’s arsenal, the social network could seamlessly add in a group messaging feature that would rival Google+’s Huddles...
A new Grouping Feature: Which leaves Circles, of course. I believe that the popularity of Google+’s Circles, in concert with the group-based needs of both Skype and GroupMe integration, may have caused Facebook’s team to reconsider how we interact with each other in its user interface. Perhaps they have retooled their year-old (and underused) Facebook Groups feature in response.Continued on the next page