Although rumors surrounding something that might be called "Google Me" have swirled for months, few onlookers have claimed to know anything solid about Google's social media effort. Now there seems to be a good reason why: conflict within the company is apparently rather intense.
Ben Parr reported earlier, "Mashable has learned that Google's big social play could debut in March or April, a far cry from earlier rumors that pegged a 2010 launch date."
Then here's the key point, as a postponement could have occurred due to Google waiting out Christmas or applying polish: Parr later added, "So what is causing the delay? The likely culprit is disagreement on the design, purpose and execution of the project. One of our sources told us that he/she has heard 'tales of disorganization and too many different teams working parallel or in conflict.'"
That's not great news for Google. The company's had enough trouble in the social arena even when it had absolute faith in its products (remember all the hype surrounding Wave?). Show-stopping quarrels over something can't constitute a positive sign.
We'll see what happens, in any event. And perhaps Google will actually start to share a few details as the project moves further along in development.