After Google's earlier attempts at social networking failed spectacularly, it was easy to scoff at this seeming Facebook wannabe.
Its "Picasa ultimatum" didn't help much either.
If you have an account with Picasa, Google's photo-sharing service, the first thing Google asks is whether you'd want to share your Picasa photos.
Say no, and you're not allowed to sign up at all.
That seemed unnecessarily harsh.
Text: Mae Anderson,Associated Press
Image Courtesy: Google