sambook Samsung wants to make a social network like Facebook

We all know Samsung is one of the “big shots” in hardware R&D and manufacturing, but news out of the Korea is that Samsung will launch a Facebook of its own.  Sources from within Samsung are actually referring to the social networking project as the “Samsung Facebook.”

sambook(1) Samsung wants to make a social network like Facebook

We all know Samsung is one of the “big shots” in hardware R&D and manufacturing, but news out of the Korea is that Samsung will launch a Facebook of its own.  Sources from within Samsung are actually referring to the social networking project as the “Samsung Facebook.”

Developing a platform that attempts to provide non-Facebook functionalities is one thing, but trying to compete with Facebook with a Facebook-like service will be quite a challenge.  Currently, Samsung has a social networking service called “Family Story” that allows photo sharing, chatting, and schedule reminders available on selected Samsung devices. 

Developers are hoping that they can build upon the Family Story framework to produce a cross platform social networking service that can compete or be better than Facebook.  If the features of Family Story only consists of what’s listed above then it has a long way to go before it can compete with Facebook.

Samsung officials hope to launch a “polished and finished” version of Family Story by the end of this year.  The social networking service will be only on Samsung devices first, and then it will make its way to other devices of other brands and OS.  Samsung hasn't confirmed an exact name which it wants to use for its Facebook-killer.

“We are confident that the service will be popular globally,” says a Samsung official.  To further emphasize that Samsung wants to make its mark on social networking, they want their social network to have “a server-based computing structure and disperse with a network of servers across different countries.” 

The South Korean tech giant is a force to reckon with and we will see if their newly found aspiration for social networking pays off.

Source: koreatimes.co.kr