StraightUpSocial News Links for 10/5/2009

Is Google a Social Media Company?

Erik Qualman at Search Engine Watch takes a closer look at new tools from the world’s most popular search engine, which are designed specifically for social networking users.

Facebook Wave: Why Facebook Should Clone Google Wave

Josh Catone at Mashable points out how Facebook could greatly benefit if the social network simplifies the functionalities of Google Wave for a more mainstream audience.

In the World of Social Media, Women Rule

Brian Solis at PR 2.0 shares data from his recent analysis of social network demographics, which shows women to be the top communicators across many networks.