Are you ready for a Facebook browser? As we are curious for Facebook Mobile nowadays, a web browser from Facebook might be fun too. It can really happen soon, if Mark Zuckerberg decides it one night, he can buy it before asking CFO or Facebook Board.
That’s exactly what could be on the way soon, according to one report from Mashable today. A “trusted source” that Facebook wants to buy Opera Software — manufacturers of the Opera web browser, which claims more than 200 million users worldwide.
The Facebook browser would include default menu bar plugins, further permeating Facebook into users’ general web experience, according to the report.
A custom browser would be a significant step toward Facebook becoming your web, as opposed to just an Internet site you visit and service you use. Opera’s mobile browser has received strong reviews online, meaning a functional Facebook browser using it could be even more powerful. Facebook has struggled to penetrate mobile use as deeply as many think it should be able to — and will need to in order to sustain long-term growth.
A Facebook browser would also bolster the newly public company’s competition with Google. Google Chrome recently became the web’s most-used browser, but Facebook’s gigantic user base of more than 900 million people would present a potential serious threat down the line. It would be interesting to see Facebook try to battle Google for browser dominance as Google+ struggles to play catchup in social networking.