Comments on: What is Google doing? Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: KMcIvor Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:11:04 +0000 My company uses – and I personally use – Google for many things. Among them are email, document storage (Drive), collaboration (Docs/Drive) and communication (Talk). What has begun to frustrate us and, frankly, make me nervous is not only the cavalier way they kill services but that the services they have seem to be deteriorating. Key features seem buggy, like sharing documents, and leaves us wondering if Google might be considering killing the service. Aside from search and email Google seems to always be in Beta and we’re getting a little tired of it. Google Fatigue is upon us.

By: AsifMS Mon, 25 Mar 2013 14:52:39 +0000 Well the article does raise some interesting questions. But there are some good things working for them as well. They feel almost like a young kid blessed with talent and experimenting in every way but leaving the task when the initial interest is over. Google will get out of this phase as the company and its owners mature and understand that they have a social system to manage as well and cant run around crazy.

The issue which I see and most probably the writer didn’t is that based on the huge amount of data that floats in rivers of google … they are able to see the global trends which may not be exactly as of trends in US. These giants know that now they don’t just cater US but the entire globe. That it self is a overwhelming thought, So most of the recent decision are based in the perspective of global audience. What is in store is still to be seen.

By: JTaysom Mon, 25 Mar 2013 13:21:08 +0000 What Google is doing is laying the groundwork for generalised Just In Time Competence. They may not even know it, and you heard it here first……JITC apps know what you know and know what you need to know right now, and they give you the information that you need to be competent for that task just in time, as you need it.

By: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:39:41 +0000 It’s not too hard to think this though a different way – just imagine you’re the most successful company in the history of media and you’re making out like demons in many directions, it’s often blindingly successful but sometimes it’s not. If your pin-up got ditched that’s sad for you but remember, it’s because that media giant has found more profound ways to change the world.

By: Cwan Mon, 25 Mar 2013 07:35:05 +0000 What they’re doing ?
They’re changing the world, working on innovative long term products in all angles.
Yes, it’s “weird”, they’re not concentrating on only milking the cow of Search, or creating the best short-term financial reports for Wall Street, or getting their margins to maximum.
See, that is what happens when people like Larry and Sergi run a (successful) company, and not bozo suits who only know how to make balance sheets look good and seeking for $$$.

By: KCSanders Mon, 25 Mar 2013 06:57:38 +0000 John-

I think you’re kind of missing the point. It’s not about software or hardware, it’s about the interconnectedness of things and creating the most useful web of relevancy for each individual. That’s the agenda they’re following.

I loved Google Wave, but it had to die so that G+ could be born — they took all the things I loved about it, and added things I never could have imagined into its functionality. Reader may be dead, but you can do the same things, plus more, with Google Currents.

Basically, as an early adaptor, we get to be the alpha and beta testers (remember having to send in requests for invites?). I loved Google Reader when I first found it, but it fell out of relevancy for me a few years ago when I started discovering there were apps that aggregate news from my social feeds and fave websites that also had beautiful interfaces. It makes sense that Reader gets to evolve, because we don’t consume news in the same clunky way that RSS delivered it to us before when there was no other expedient alternative.

I really don’t think it’s anything to get hung up about. Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. In that light, it makes sense that they want a stake in mobile, that they’re looking at ways of making computers the wearable “third half” of our brains. You’ll probably be able to pick up a pair of Google Glasses in time for Xmas — I’m sure they’ll be able to read/pull up your favorite RSS feeds while you drink coffee — and then desktops will become just a quaint hub you use to charge your devices, rather than a place you have to go for your news.

Just my two cents,

By: TokyoJB Mon, 25 Mar 2013 06:55:06 +0000 Clearly, Google is amassing naturally structured data with with to train AIs.

I, for one, will welcome our Googly overlords.

By: Jitendra_Shukla Mon, 25 Mar 2013 06:41:29 +0000 Whole post is awesome, very nice topic picked by author.
thanks for sharing..

By: ArasGeylani Mon, 25 Mar 2013 03:48:16 +0000 John,

Google is a publicly traded business. Since when any technology business has succeeded by coming up with a formula and sticking with it util the cows come home? Business is ain’t a democracy and is not obligated to tell media anything. That’s what makes it a fun gamble, and not everyone got the skin to accept it.


By: hush79 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 02:36:16 +0000 Google is an information aggregator. It exists for 1 reason only: To learn as much as it can about consumers so it can then sell information about (and/or access to) those consumers to the highest bidder.

Every new product and service Google releases is built with that objective in mind. Doesn’t matter if it’s hardware or software…it’s about winning the data collection war.