Google 10 years old

September 10th, 2008 at 7:39 am by David Farrar

The Herald calls Google the world’s most powerful 10 year old.

It brings back memories of AltaVista, the former number one search engine. It was amazing how quickly replaced it as the search engine of choice.

Google is powerful but not quite all conquering. When they launched Google Video, I thought that would dominate the online video market as they had the brand and resources of Google.

But You Tube kicked their butt, because they had a superior product. The “embed” function especially turned every blog into a gateway for You Tube and they gained massive market share over Google Video.

Of course Google then went and purchased You Tube. But it still shows that product is still more important than brand, and that Google’s dominance can not be assumed to last forever.

But having said that, I am a regular user of:

  1. Google Search
  2. Google News
  3. Google News Alerts
  4. Google Adsense
  5. Google Analytics
  6. Google Maps
  7. Google Images
  8. Google Toolbar
  9. Google Calendar
  10. Google Docs
  11. Gmail
  12. Google Talk
  13. You Tube

I have also played with Google Chrome and check out Google Groups very occassionally. So it is hard to see an without a dominant Google anytime soon.

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9 Responses to “Google 10 years old”

  1. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “..But it still shows that product is still more important than brand..”

    entirely agree..

    (c.f..whoar.co.nz..(and its’ eventual/inevitable ‘dominance’..in the area of news gathering/dissemination..

    ..i mean..!..check out the competition..!..

    ..there isn’t any..!..)

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  2. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    “..But it still shows that product is still more important than brand..”

    disagree. the brand IS the product now.

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  3. Bryce Edwards (248 comments) says:

    You should add to your list:

    14. Google Reader

    Brilliant. It makes following the blogosphere so much easier – getting updates sent to you instead of having to check for them. Actually, it’d be interesting to know how many people subscribe to the Kiwiblog RSS feed. I assume that the vast bulk of readers just regularly check the homepage, but using Google Reader or another RSS news aggregator is definitely the way to go for series internet and blog junkies.

    Bryce
    http://www.liberation.org.nz

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  4. Murray (8,844 comments) says:

    Bollocks, Bart Simpson wins.

    Mainly because he’ll always be 10 years old.

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  5. David Farrar (1,881 comments) says:

    I use Bloglines which I find to be very good, especially as it also automatically generates my blogroll for me, based on the blogs I am subscribed to.

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  6. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    Chrome’s going to have to do a lot to persuade me away from Firefox.

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  7. petal (705 comments) says:

    Google Search has devalued with pages and pages of commercial results on the most non-commercial of searches. Try and find a genuine product review/comparison… just made-up reviews with people taking an affiliate cut if you buy. Sure, I have developed the skills to cut through it, but Google seems to have “given up” when it comes to delivering relatively sensible search results. I think there is a gap there can could be exploited by an upstart.

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  8. Alan Wilkinson (1,865 comments) says:

    Chrome is a highly significant move. It will effectively provide a platform-independent operating system for Google web services and applications. It is a huge future threat to Microsoft.

    This will be a battle to the death and the signs look bad for M.S. – especially without Gates to direct strategy.

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  9. Dazzaman (1,133 comments) says:

    Got to say I use Google apps for online stuff more then anything else. I like Chrome too, but it will have to come up with some really useful plugins soon for me to think of switching to it as my default browser.

    Googles apps are so good because they’re just so user friendly (a shocking admission for a developer, I know!) and easily available, via the search engine main page! Only a single login and I also don’t have to deal with ‘busy’ pages like Yahoo or MSN.

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