Ah, Google. You're driving people crazy, with your project to make a better Facebook than Facebook.
We're one week in, and people are begging for invitations to Google+ -- even resorting to bribery in some cases. Not only that, but -- if you can believe the rantings of some early adopters -- Google has a decent chance of usurping Facebook (yes, I know, after acquiring Orkut, drowning Wave, and letting Buzz wither on the Googly vine, this would be fourth time lucky for Google.) Even Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a Google+ account.
Anyway, that's all very interesting for consumers and the future of public social networks, but what about businesses and organizations? Well, as I pointed out last week, there's a long list of vendors offering business-focused social networking. Are we about to see Google+ added to that list?
Over the weekend, I got to thinking about Google's social strategy with regard to Google Apps. In the same way that Apps includes a white label Gmail, Docs, etc., why couldn't it include a white label Google+?. Chris Brogan had a similar thought yesterday.
Why suffer an enterprise system that's "similar" to the social networks we're used to, when you could have the real thing? And such a private network integrated with Google Docs, Calendar, and Sites seems like a compelling proposition -- not to mention the addition of 3rd party apps from the Google Apps Marketplace.
If I were one of those 100+ white-label social networks, I'd be really worried right about now.
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