Zuckerberg: Google+ is a ‘little version of Facebook’

November 7, 2011

Mark Zuckerberg wants to be a platform agnostic. The Facebook co-founder, in an interview with Charlie Rose set to air tonight, said that he considers two of his rivals in the “tech war” — Apple and Amazon — to be “extremely aligned” with Facebook. But Google is a different story.

“Google, I think, in some ways, is more competitive and certainly is trying to build their own little version of Facebook,” he told Rose.

And what does he see for Facebook’s future?

Zuckerberg said that he just wants to put Facebook on as many platforms as he can, a sentiment echoed by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, who was also in on the interview.

“There are no borders for us,” Sandberg told Rose, “because we want everything to be social, and we want — prefer everything to be social on Facebook. And so, for us, our goal is really to work across. We want to work on every tablet.”

She added that the difference between Google and Facebook is that Facebook is focused on doing “one thing in­cred­ibly well,” whereas Google is off pursuing many products and services.

“Facebook has evolved as a partnership company,” Zuckerberg said. He added later that Facebook wants to build a platform where people connect and to provide the social technology that enables them to do that.

Zuckerberg said that he think of the titans of tech being locked in a war. “I don’t think that this is going to be the type of situation when one company wins all this stuff,” Zuckerberg said.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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