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Google Me: YouTube social layer to take on Facebook

Google Me, Google's rumoured social network, will add a social layer to other services like YouTube, and even drawing on rival network Facebook.

Stone me -- we've had more details about Google Me. Google's rumoured social network will draw upon a social layer added to Google services such as YouTube, and maybe even drawing information from rival network Facebook.

Google's high muckamuck Eric Schmidt told a conference the plan was to "take Google's core products and add a social component", according to the Wall Street Journal. As that includes massive sites and services like YouTube, Gmail and the Google homepage itself, Google Me has a potentially enormous reach.

How Google Me will work, or what it exactly is, isn't yet clear. Many commentators speculate that it's an attempt to go after the increasingly gargantuan Facebook. Schmidt didn't rule out working with Facebook, however: "The best thing that would happen is for Facebook to open up its data."

He then added, rather sinisterly, "Failing that, there are other ways to get that information." Frankly, we find it hard to believe there's anything Google doesn't already know about us.

Will you be signing up for Google Me or is it another step towards world domination by the Big G? Should Google be stopped, or as we discuss in this week's CNET UK podcast, has privacy always been an illusion?