Google doesn’t do what it does to be successful. It does it because it is successful.
How to Miss the Boat – Five Times
Despite Microsoft’s remarkable financial performance, as Microsoft CEO Ballmer failed to understand and execute on the five most important technology trends of the 21st century: in search – losing to Google; in smartphones – losing to Apple; in mobile operating systems – losing to Google/Apple; in media – losing to Apple/Netflix; and in the cloud – losing to Amazon. Microsoft left the 20th century owning over 95% of the operating systems that ran on computers (almost all on desktops). Fifteen years and 2 billion smartphones shipped in the 21st century and Microsoft’s mobile OS share is 1%. These misses weren’t in some tangential markets – missing search, mobile and the cloud were directly where Microsoft users were heading. Yet a very smart CEO missed all of these. Why?
Just discovered the story on Search Engine Land that Google took indoor pictures of a brick and mortar store for a new product named “Google Store Views”. That will allow Google to further enhance their Google Maps service. Not only will you be able make a virtual walk with Google street view in the future you will be able to walk into the stores. If you think further and combine this with google checkout, google product search, google voice, …you will end up with a virtual layer completely controlled by Google.
A shopping trip to Tokio is a virtual trip within Google maps. Not only can you discover Shibuya but you can enter any store – from your PC or even Mobile Phone. From there you can initiate a call just by pressing a button or following the link to the homepage of the store. The store homepage might be also hosted by Google (Google Sites, Google Checkout Gadget)…There are sooo many possibilities for Google.
I think it’s nearly a year ago i had two sessions with senior executives from yellow pages companies. We had a very interesting discussion about the latest market developments and the threat of being substituted by Over-the-top players like Google, Qype or Yelp. On one page of the slide deck i had an overview of relevant services provided by Google. While talking about Google Maps, i told them, that I’m truly convinced that the next logical step will be the extension of Google Maps with indoor views of brick and mortar stores. 🙂
If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. If you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines — including Google — do retain this information for some time and it’s important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities.
Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google http://gawker.com/5419271/google-ceo-secrets-are-for-filthy-people
More Than 50 Android Phones to Ship in 2010
There are so many companies that have committed to delivering devices … so to get to 50 isn’t that difficult
Ben Wood, analyst at CCS Insight
Google Chrome Extensions just went online under https://chrome.google.com/extensions
Wired must read Google’s Open Source Android Phone Will Free the Wireless Web
Doch Schmidt will mehr: â€žDie nächste groÃŸe Werbewelle ist das mobile Internet. Dafür muss man sich nur das iPhone anschauen, das den ersten wirklich guten mobilen Webbrowser hat.
Weitere Geräte kommen auf den Markt. Dann wird Werbung sehr persönlich, und der Wert der Werbung auf Mobiltelefonen wird steigen. In einigen Jahren wird die mobile Werbung mehr Umsatz bringen als die Werbung im PC-Internetâ€œ, sagt Schmidt voraus.
Wie lange wird es wohl dauern bis das Mobile Internet die Festnetz Penetration erreicht?
Google just released a offline version of Google Docs. It’s always impressive to see how fast Google is releasing updates and new applications.
I have upgraded this Blog over the weekend to the final WordPress 2.5 release. As far as i can see, everything is working fine. I’m very happy that all plugins and my customized theme are working without any glitches.
As promised, i added a new section called “Worth reading” below my Flickr the photo stream. In this section I link to interesting articles that i have discovered on the internet. The technical solution is quite simple, but very intriguing. I’m using the “share this item” feature of the Google Reader. This feature allows you to to share articles with your friends and the public. I simply embedded the RSS feed of the shared page here. Whenever i discover a interesting story on the web i will share it with you.
Btw. I stopped receiving spam by 100% (comments & trackbacks). How? Perhaps a few of you already have discovered it on the comments page, i have installed a captcha plugin. Frankly speaking, i was just tiered of comment spam.