Overall, Facebook Credits should nab the site $835 million in 2010, and sales of Facebook Credits at Target stores will be an inspiration for many to stuff shopping carts (to buy things like, um, hats for sheep, or something).
Now that we’ve determined that Facebook basically has the social Web on a leash, what’s Google doing with Google Me? Twiddling its thumbs, apparently. To its credit, Google has made a few major scores in the online games market by purchasing virtual currency platform Jambool, mobile game firm SocialDeck, and Slide, a media company that develops games, widgets, and applications designed for social networks.
But check out these companies’ wares: SocialDeck’s games include “Shake & Spell,” “Pet Hero MD,” and “Color Connect.” Slide made the widgets SuperPoke, FunSpace and Top Friends. Compared to Monopoly — the best-selling board game of all time — those offerings look, well, crappy.
Google had better lace up its boxing gloves and start punching hard (harder than a SuperPoke, in the very least) if it wants Google Me to become something other than another sad-eyed Buzz.
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