Facebook Inc., operator of the world’s most popular social-networking site, said Google may offer a similar service within six months as demand from Internet users increases.

Google is expected to start “a fairly significant social media platform,” Stephen Dolan, commercial director for Asia at Facebook, said at a conference yesterday. Google may unveil the website in three to six months, according to Dolan, who said his projection is based on information from media reports.

Google is stepping up acquisitions after its search engine was overtaken by Facebook — whose service allows users to share photos, video, short messages and other information with groups of friends — as the most-visited U.S. website in March.


Weekly traffic at Facebook exceeded Google’s for the first time that month, according to data tracker Experian Hitwise.

“Facebook is the leader in the emerging Social Web and will face challenges from many players, both large and small,” said Ray Valdes, an analyst at Gartner Inc. “Google is Facebook’s most direct competitor, because Google is dominant in the previous generation of the Web, the content-centric Web.”

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