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  • Gerrit Eicker 08:53 on 17. October 2011 Permalink
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    Google’s Graveyard III. 

    Google shuts down: Buzz, Jaiku, iGoogle Features, Code Searchgoes music? http://eicker.at/GooglesGraveyard2011

    • Gerrit Eicker 08:53 on 17. October 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Google: “[W]e recently decided to shut down some products, and turn others into features of existing products. – Here’s the latest update on what’s happening: Code Search, which was designed to help people search for open source code all over the web, will be shut down along with the Code Search API on January 15, 2012. – In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won’t be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout. – Jaiku, a product we acquired in 2007 that let users send updates to friends, will shut down on January 15, 2012. We’ll be working to enable users to export their data from Jaiku. – Several years ago, we gave people the ability to interact socially on iGoogle. With our new focus on Google+, we will remove iGoogle’s social features on January 15, 2012. iGoogle itself, and non-social iGoogle applications, will stay as they are. – The University Research Program for Google Search, which provides API access to our search results for a small number of approved academic researchers, will close on January 15, 2012. – In addition, later today the Google Labs site will shut down, and as previously announced, Boutiques.com and the former Like.com websites will be replaced by Google Product Search. – Changing the world takes focus on the future, and honesty about the past. We learned a lot from products like Buzz, and are putting that learning to work every day in our vision for products like Google+. Our users expect great things from us; today’s announcements let us focus even more on giving them something truly awesome.

      Horowitz: “What did we learn from Buzz? Plenty. We learned privacy is not a feature… it is foundational to the product. And this awareness gave us the resolve to design privacy in from the very beginning, which led to Circles for sharing the right information with the right people, as well as transparency around which parts of your profile can be seen by whom. We also learned how compelling it is to have meaningful conversations with interesting people, which we’re happy to see happening all the time in Google+. – But probably the best lesson we learned is about how to introduce a product. We started very slowly with Google+ – in a limited Field Trial – in order to listen and learn and gather plenty of real-world feedback. Your participation in the process is helping create what Google+ is today.”

      GigaOM: “Has Google really learned that much from Buzz and Jaiku?Is that because Google wants to be social, or is it because the company wants to be able to including being able to sell you things? The existence of Google+ seems to have more to do with the company’s need to harvest the “social signals” that emerge from such networks in order to improve its search and advertising business – and fend off Facebook – than Google’s desire to create a welcoming environment for social sharing. An engineer for the company described not that long ago how Google has no real interest in social networking for its own sake, but saw it as an information-harvesting strategy.Does Google have an ‘if we build it, they will come’ problem? … The amount of resources that Google is putting into Google+ is admirable, and it is good to focus on one thing, even if it means beheading other services like Buzz and Jaiku – and CEO Larry Page has made it clear that he wants the network to succeed. But wanting something and having it come true are very different things, and Google could well learn another lesson from Google+: that even if you build it, and it is well-designed from an engineering perspective, people may still not come.

      RWW: “Even though Google Buzz wasn’t terribly good at anything, from a user standpoint, we at least enjoyed its developer-centric nature. It was all about open data. That may have been all it had going for it, but that meant something. Its replacement, Google Plus, is awfully slick and smooth and secretive. The few APIs released so far barely enable developers to make anything, much less anything interesting. – Google sure is a busy place. Its whole business is undergoing rapid transformations, even if its quarterly earnings are reported so generally that they seem stable. – Google is spending money and changing shape. It’s launching social networks and buying handset manufacturers. It’s hiring new people, buying new infrastructure, and now it’s shedding old products. When will Google start to break a sweat?

      NYT: “Five months after it introduced a cloud music service with limited capabilities, Google is in negotiations with the major record labels to expand that service and also open an MP3 store that would compete with Apple and Amazon. – According to numerous music executives, Google is eager to open the store in the next several weeks. It would most likely be connected to Google’s existing cloud service, Music Beta, which lets people back up their songs on remote servers and stream them to mobile phones and other devices, said these executives, who all spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks were private and continuing. … Music Beta was announced five weeks after Amazon opened a similar unlicensed service, Cloud Drive. – Apple got licenses for iTunes Match, which will instantly link a user’s songs to Apple’s master collection. With an unlicensed service, users must upload each song individually, a process that can take hours or even days.

      RWW: “Google reportedly had a hard time shoring up deals with music labels ahead of the initial launch of Google Music, so they launched it anyway. Traditional content owners have often been wary of Google, who has gained a reputation among some legacy media organizations as being too soft on piracy. The company has extended a few olive branches recently, making public efforts to discourage copyright infringement and buttering up media executives. … Google has an uphill battle to fight if it expects to take on Apple in this space. Amazon might provide a fairer fight. Either way, Google is hoping to bolt additional revenue streams onto its business model, which remains heavily bolstered by the money it makes search advertising.”

  • Gerrit Eicker 07:27 on 14. September 2010 Permalink
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    Google Reader: Still Here! 

    Google responds to the shut down of Bloglines, shows that Google Reader is still growing (slowly); http://j.mp/d2Cj4r

    • Gerrit Eicker 07:46 on 14. September 2010 Permalink | Reply

      TC: “If RSS is doing just fine, shouldn’t that be self-evident? Why do we need so many posts pointing out just how not dead RSS is? … The fact of the matter remains that RSS is not a consumer-friendly technology. If I said ‘RSS’ to my mother, she would have absolutely no idea what I was talking about. If I said ‘Twitter’ or ‘Facebook’ to her, she knows who those are – she even uses them. … But overtime, that reliance on RSS to pump the content into these services is going to continue to erode. Instead, people are more actively sharing content by way of buttons (like the Tweet button and Facebook’s Like button). … As bad of an end-user experience as RSS provides on the desktop, just look at it on mobile. Do you think anyone is going to load up Google Reader mobile and type in URL to subscribe to via RSS? Do you think they’ll even take the time to copy and paste it in? No, because most don’t now.”

      Winer: “Anyway, RSS is doing fine. It forms the pipes through which news flows. Nowadays there are some new-fangled faucets called Twitter and Facebook. But behind the scenes, connecting it all together is RSS. Formats that are as deeply entrenched as RSS is stay deeply entrenched. It’s how technology works. It’s why we still use QWERTY typewriters and why pages are still 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches tall. … We need a really lean and mean feed reading web service. It senses how frequently each feed changes and reads it that frequently. It’s also possible for it to receive pings that say ‘read this feed now’ – very simple protocols, nothing as complicated as the stuff being proposed these days.”

    • Martin Seibert 08:56 on 14. September 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ich finde die Wachstumskurve von Google durchauch beeindruckend. Wer kann heute schon über fast ein Jahrzehnt hinweg entweder ein lineares oder sogar ein exponentielles Wachstum aufweisen? Twitter jedenfalls nicht.

      • Gerrit Eicker 09:08 on 14. September 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Die Kurve ist bis Ende 2009 / Anfang 2010 definitiv beeindruckend. Aber dann? Das Jahr 2010 wirkt auf mich ziemlich flach. Das Wachstum, egal ob man es als linear oder exponentiell bezeichnet, ist jedenfalls durchbrochen. Und das bei einer weiterhin sehr geringen Verbreitung von Feedreadern (etwa 10-15%) und kaum einer Alternative zum Google Reader, also insgesamt viel Marktpotential. Was paidContent außerdem zurecht fragt, ist, wie stark die tatsächliche Nutzung aussieht? Und ausgerechnet dazu will Google (auf Nachfrage) keine Zahlen haben? – Twitter ist meiner Meinung nach kein guter Vergleich. Twitter ist letztendlich ebenso speziell wie die Kombination aus RSS und Feedreader. Der bessere Vergleich ist der zu Facebook: Legt man die Charts übereinander, kann man gegen die Korrelation kaum argumentieren…

        • Martin Seibert (TwentyFeet) 09:46 on 14. September 2010 Permalink | Reply

          Wenn Du die zwei Charts tatsächlich übereinander gelegt hast, wäre das doch einen Blog-Post wert. Insgesamt ist ein Vergleich mit Facebook meines Erachtens nicht fair. Facebook ist ein Phänomen, kein Trend. Wenn die sich irgendwann mal auf einem Niveau einpendeln würden … :-)

          • Gerrit Eicker 09:48 on 14. September 2010 Permalink | Reply

            Facebook ist meiner Meinung nach heute der mit Abstand größte Feedreader. Und Facebook wächst weiterhin in einer schier unglaublichen Geschwindigkeit.

            • Martin Seibert (TwentyFeet) 13:59 on 14. September 2010 Permalink | Reply

              Aber nur für öffentliche Nachrichten. Ich benutze Google Reader auch viel für Dinge, die eben nur für mich interessant sind.

              • Gerrit Eicker 14:02 on 14. September 2010 Permalink

                Klar, auch deshalb sehe ich – für mich – vorläufig keinen Ersatz durch aktuelle Social Media-Tools.

  • Gerrit Eicker 00:09 on 13. August 2009 Permalink
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    Google Goes Social Networking 

    Google introduces social gadgets for iGoogle and lets users share their activities with friends; http://bit.ly/3fmqH8

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