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Google Claims Facebook Creates an Environment of 'Oversharing'

Google’s head of social media, Vic Gundotra, has criticised Facebook for over sharing.

Speaking during the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco, Gundotra, who was later joined by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, talked up Google’s Google + social networking platform and how it was taking social networking to a whole new level.

Gundotra, who is the head of Google’s social products, said that his company wants to make social networking as close to what it is in real life, therefore the platform will focus a lot on privacy.

Google +’s Circles feature allows people to divide their friends into groups and decide what to share with each group and have the right to choose to not share everything with them at the same time. When asked about Facebook’s open social graph model, Gundotra said that Facebook was into over sharing and that social networks do require some sort of curation similar to real life.

“There is a reason why every thought in your head doesn't come out of your mouth," Gundotra replied. "We do not believe in oversharing. We think curation matters."

Sergey Brin, who recently stepped down as president, is now just a co-founder within the company. He also had a lot to say about Google +, claiming that he is not a very social person but Google + made social easy for him to maintain relationships.