To prepare for this move, Google has invested in silence, almost 200 million dollars in Zynga, which already sits in an exclusive club together with companies valued over $1 billion.
New rumors about Google only confirm that it wants to dominate the social networks, especially if we take into account the forthcoming launch of Google Me, which is said to be a “Facebook-killer.”
On the other hand, MySpace, Facebook and Yahoo already host Zynga games. So, the question naturally is: what will Google provide in addition to those to be successful and how will it manage to win in front of its competitors? To be honest, it might be too late for Google to be part of this game, but we are just waiting.
According to TechCrunch, three star senior employees left to go to cross-town startup Gravity.
They heard that Jeff Webber, the engineering director that oversees the email, instant messaging and other “communications” platforms for MySpace, resigned earlier this week as well to join a startup. He’s been at MySpace for nearly three years and was one of the star engineers and leaders, says one of TechCrunch’s source.
Everyone admits that MySpace has no direction. Of course the top executives wont agree with that but rumors are that internal politics are the only things that seem to matter. Ambitious new projects like “remaking MySpace” have been thrown away just because the wrong exec supported it.
Anyone who actually wants to build products has left or is looking for a new job, say many, many sources.
More evidence that this is true: the VP and GM of Mobile John Faith, SVP User Experience Katie Geminder and most of her team and – of course – the CEO Owen Van Matta.
We think that MySpace reached a shameless and embarrassing point form which they must quickly escape at any costs.