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  • Gerrit Eicker 08:36 on 4. September 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , Google Desktop, , Google Maps API for Flash, , Google Pack, , , Google Subcribed Links, Google Web Security, , , Image Labeler, , , , , , , , , , , Sidewiki, , ,   

    Google’s Graveyard II. 

    Google once again expands its graveyard: Aardvark, Desktop, Fast Flip, Notebook, Sidewiki; http://eicker.at/GooglesGraveyard

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 08:37 on 4. September 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Google: “Technology improves, people’s needs change, some bets pay off and others don’t. So, as Larry previewed on our last earnings call, today we’re having a fall spring-clean at Google. – Over the next few months we’ll be shutting down a number of products and merging others into existing products as features. … This will make things much simpler for our users, improving the overall Google experience. It will also mean we can devote more resources to high impact products—the ones that improve the lives of billions of people. All the Googlers working on these projects will be moved over to higher-impact products. As for our users, we’ll communicate directly with them as we make these changes, giving sufficient time to make the transition and enabling them to take their data with them. … Aardvark, Desktop, FastFlip, Google Maps API for Flash, Google Pack, Google Web Security, Image Labeler, Notebook, Sidewiki, Subscribed Links

      VB: “Under the direction of new CEO Larry Page, Google declared that it would re-prioritize its product offerings. Part of that includes the shut down of Google Labs, what Google previously referred to as ‘a playground where our more adventurous users can play around with prototypes of some of our wild and crazy ideas.’ – Aardvark was acquired by Google for $50 million back in February 2010. The service let users ask and answer questions from people in their personal social network through a Google Chat window. A day after the acquisition news came through, Aardvark was moved to Google Labs. – Google says although Aardvark is closing, Google will ‘continue to work on tools that enable people to connect and discover richer knowledge about the world.’ The Aardvark team appears to have moved most of its focus to the Google+ social network.”

      GigaOM: “Google’s doing a bit of house cleaning today, announcing on its blog that it’s shutting down a handful of properties and projects, including a big one they shelled out $50 million for. Social search company Aardvark is getting the axe just 18 months after being acquired. The explanation? It was just an experiment. It’s also a sign that Google is beginning to sharpen its focus on meaningful projects. Today’s news follows the closing of Slide, Google Health, Google Power Meter, Google Labs, and others since Larry Page became CEO in January.”

      TC: “Well, it looks like the brooms and axes are out at Google today, for a little late-summer cleaning. The company announced via its blog today that some of its products and features will be riding into the sunset in the very near future. This news was previewed by CEO Larry Page on Google’s quarterly earnings call in July, who said at the time that the search giant would be doing a wee bit of spring, er, early fall cleaning.

      TNW: “All Google Notesbooks content is being rolled into Google Docs, the company announced today, as part of a wider revelation that it is pulling the plug on several of its popular products. Google Notebook enabled people to combine clipped URLs from the web and free-form notes into documents they could share and publish.

  • Gerrit Eicker 18:02 on 16. November 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Google Data API, , , , , , , Sidewiki, , ,   

    Google Sidewiki Tracking 

    Follow Sidewiki comments by establishing a Google Sidewiki tracking based on webfeeds; http://j.mp/1K4IZK

     
  • Gerrit Eicker 16:56 on 23. September 2009 Permalink
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    Google Sidewiki 

    Google launched Google Sidewiki, a tool to comment and annotate web sites and web content anywhere; http://j.mp/1l3WeP

     
    • Gerrit Eicker 17:01 on 23. September 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Google: “Google Sidewiki … allows you to contribute helpful information next to any webpage. Google Sidewiki appears as a browser sidebar, where you can read and write entries along the side of the page. … In developing Sidewiki, we wanted to make sure that you’ll see the most relevant entries first. We worked hard from the beginning to figure out which ones should appear on top and how to best order them. So instead of displaying the most recent entries first, we rank Sidewiki entries using an algorithm that promotes the most useful, high-quality entries. It takes into account feedback from you and other users, previous entries made by the same author and many other signals we developed. If you’re curious, you can read more on our Google Research Blog about the infrastructure we use for ranking all entries in real-time. … We’re releasing Google Sidewiki as a feature of Google Toolbar (for Firefox and Internet Explorer) and we’re working on making it available in Google Chrome and elsewhere too. We also have the first version of our API available today to let anyone work freely with the content that’s created in Sidewiki.

      TC: “Google says Sidewiki is absolutely separate from last year’s SearchWiki, and comments/votes won’t be aggregated. – Besides the sites I listed above, TechCrunch50 startup DotSpots, which launched publicly last week, is very similar to Sidewiki. Its no surpise, then, that Google VP Marissa Mayer liked Dotspots so much when it first demo’d in 2008: ‘It’s a really beautiful idea and I really like anything that pushes the web forward in that way.'”

      SEL: “Sidewiki feels like another swing at something Google seems to desperately desires – a community of experts offering high quality comments. Google says that’s something that its cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wanted more than a system for ranking web pages. They really wanted a system to annotate pages across the web. – Of course, there’s a way this already happens, through existing commenting system that many sites have. Google may produce unease in some quarters by pushing its own would-be universal commenting system (through an API, anyone can have Sidewiki comments be embedded into their actual pages). Others tired of moderation and spam fighting may feel relieve that Google might provide more relevant comments.”

      NYT: “The idea of a service to annotate Web sites has been around for a decade. Back in the Web 1.0 days, a start-up called Third Voice allowed people to post unmoderated comments on sites. After receiving some initial buzz in 1999, the company changed its model a year later and eventually shut down its service altogether in 2001. Some Web site operators complained that the comments were nothing more than Web graffiti.Of course, Google’s Sidewiki will have an advantage over its predecessors: wide distribution. The company’s toolbar is used by millions of people.

    • Gerrit Eicker 20:47 on 23. September 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Jarvis: “I see danger. – Google is trying to take interactivity away from the source and centralize it. This isn’t like Disqus, which enables me to add comment functionality on my blog. It takes comments away from my blog and puts them on Google. That sets up Google in channel conflict vs me. It robs my site of much of its value (if the real conversation about WWGD? had occurred on Google instead of at Buzzmachine, how does that help me?). On a practical level, only people who use the Google Toolbar will see the comments left using it and so it bifurcates the conversation and puts some of it behind a hedge. Ethically, this is like other services that tried to frame a source’s content or that tried to add advertising to a site via a browser (see the evil Gator, which lost its fight vs publishers).

      RWW: “The sorting algorithm and Sidewiki’s ability to display notes about the same topic on various sites make Sidewiki somewhat unique. … For some popular sites that haven’t been annotated yet, Google will also pop up a notification that comments exist, but the sidebar will actually be filled with related blog posts, which is another feature that makes Google stand out from the competition in this field.”

      VB: “It’s too soon to tell if Sidewiki will be a hit, but it’s a safe bet that the usual bloggerati will jostle for position among the Sidewiki entries for Google’s homepage. Let’s take a look … hmm … Michael Gray … Danny Sullivan … Michael Arrington … I’m guessing Scoble hasn’t checked Techmeme yet this morning.”

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