Mike Arrington says he’s talked to four of several folks who attended a super-secret meeting over at the Googleplex that more or less say:

The short version: Google will announce a new set of APIs on November 5 that will allow developers to leverage Google’s social graph data. They’ll start with Orkut and iGoogle (Google’s personalized home page), and expand from there to include Gmail, Gtalk and other Google services over time.

Here’s basically what Mike thinks that means: “On November 5 it is likely we’ll see third party iGoogle gadgets that leverage Orkut social graph information – the most basic implementation of what Google is planning.”

My advice to Google employees whenever they’ve brought up the social network issue with me has always been dump Orkut!

Orkut is only good if you’re in South Florida or South America. Other than that, GMail is your ultimate social networking tool. Tool up GMail, tighten up it’s integration with iGoogle, and ad the widgetizing feature to both to allow real-time social network via the oldest internet social tools in existence: email and chat.

I can’t be the only person who sees this, can I?


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