If recent rumors are true, Facebook is about to takeover Opera Software, with the desktop and mobile versions of the web browser that bears the same name to become the foundation for the first Facebook web browser specifically designed for the social network’s followers.
The Facebook browser would include plug-in components and Facebook menus, which enrich web browsing sessions with specific features of the social network, such as recommending interesting Facebook pages, posting pictures and comments.
Apparently, the ultimate goal is to promote Facebook from the level of a simple website and its web experience, in which the social network’s features are accessible at all times, regardless of the website we browse.
Given the popularity currently enjoyed by Opera Mobile, its adaptation to the Facebook browser has big chances to succeed, the result being a web browser even more attractive for the 900 million users of the social network.
With the release of its own web browser, Facebook will enter direct competition on two fronts with Google, the owner of the Google+ network and the Chrome web browser, which recently advanced to the status of most widely used web browser, at the expense of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
If until now Google+ moved forward in small steps into the world of social networking, the Facebook browser will further complicate things, forcing Google to make aggressive promotional strategies such as the integration of Google+ functions with Chrome.