Search engine giant Google has announced that the company was open for partnership with competing social networking platforms Facebook and Twitter on Google Plus.
Speaking during a media conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt said that there was room for several social networking platforms and that Google was willing to partner with the existing ones.
Schmidt, who is now in charge of government affairs at Google, said that it was difficult to quantify the success of Google Plus at this stage but added that the initial response was great, as people clamoured to be a part of the new social networking platform.
Talking about rival social networks, Schmidt said that Google was open to the idea of deeper integration with Facebook and Twitter.
However, he did mention that the company was unable to renew its search deal with micro-blogging platform Twitter and talks for allowing Google Plus users to import their Facebook contacts on the platform also failed with Facebook, Reuters (opens in new tab) reported.
He also mentioned Google’s sour relationship with China, which, incidentally, blocked Google Plus the moment it was launched.
“We tell the Chinese what we know ... and then they publicly deny their role. That's all I have to say about that," Schmidt said.