Google Circles: Like the idea of a sharing site from Google?

March 15, 2011, By Shawn Wagnon

This is an interesting piece of news that has been denied as quickly as it surfaced. There was a report on Readwriteweb about Google in the midst of developing a social sharing site that would be out soon at SXSW this week. The report talked about Chris Messina from Google leading the team that is currently developing ‘Google Circles’. This would be an online sharing network that would be more sensitive in sharing information among your contacts depending on your level of acquaintance.

It seems that as soon as the report surfaced, Google was pretty quick to kill the idea saying that nothing of that sorts was in the works and they had no idea about this whole ‘Circles’ thing. Maybe that is true, but it would be hard to believe that Google at some point will not try its hand in the hugely popular social networking arena again.

Remember that we already heard of the ‘Lycos Circles’ a few years back and while that did not take off, the Google Circles idea floating around might well work. This new platform supposedly allows you to share photos, videos and information among the circle of contacts of your choice and not all your ‘friends’ at the same time.

The idea makes plenty of sense and we have seen companies in the past deny something only to launch it down the line with a bit of tweaking. So, while Google has for now denied the ‘Google Circles’ rumor, we tend to believe it might not be a bad idea to get started on, if it is not in the works already!

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