The End of the Google Honeymoon?

He sounded like the typical arch rival, but when Bill Gates announced to the world that “the honeymoon with Google will only last a couple more years”, did he have a point?

The world certainly has gone Google-Ga-Ga, with search, Gmail, Adwords, Analytics, AdSense and Toolbar causing a riotous storm. I have read countless news items and blogs proclaiming the march of Google onto the desktop as a curtain call for Microsoft. Google can now search within the local machine, will eventually power internet boxes as a replacement to Windows, and will eventually take control of the world!

Now, I’m certainly not Google bashing, but this kind of talk strikes me as crazy. Google have a powerful and technologically advanced search application. They have constructed beautiful search architecture and packaged it into a winning business model. The launch of AdWords and AdSense was pure genius in a cost-per-click market that was staid and unconvincing, but I for one have serious doubts about the immediate impact of Google on Microsoft’s monopoly.

I use Adwords, Analytics and AdSense on a daily basis. All my email is combined into a Gmail account, which I read through Google Desktop Toolbar. Google is my search engine of choice, and all in all I’m happy with my Google package.

But there are gripes, and they’re growing.

The Google interface is plain. Of course it is I hear you cry – why would you want to clutter up such great technology with a cheap veneer? Well, for us technical minded folk maybe, but I know plenty of non-technical people (and, lets face it, there are billions of them) that find this very plain approach to be extremely counter-intuitive. Take Gmail for instance. Apart from a powerful search function, Gmail scores pretty low on the usability stakes. Most of the non-techie people I come into contact with (I’m talking solicitors, teachers, middle managers – fairly intelligent people) have ditched Gmail for the familiarity and usability of Hotmail. In Hotmail Microsoft supply an integrated and highly polished product that takes a novice by the hand and walks them up the garden path of email. It might not have 2 gigabytes of storage and a whacking great search function attached, but a couple of folders and a delete button seem to work pretty well for most folk. As I said, I use Gmail daily, but I can appreciate what these people are telling me. Of course we are talking about a beta product so let’s not dwell on this one…

Google accounts don’t talk to each other. Often I will need to log into my Adwords, AdSense and Analytics account within minutes of each other – and be required to log in separately for each one. This drives me mad! In Passport, Microsoft has streamlined the login process from within the desktop, opening up a whole suite of web based services in an extremely usable manner. Sometimes it feels like Google is trying to keep me out! I’d love to see one centralized login from which all Google accounts can be accessed.

My point here is that people demand a user friendly, polished experience. Google are currently making it difficult for non-technical minded people to access the products on offer. A case in point can be seen in their help files. Just a couple of clicks into the Google Analytic help files will throw up numerous 404 error pages. Surely with such a powerful search facility a 404 should be unheard of. Why, instead of a 404 page does the king of search not provide me with a list of possible places or sites that might be able to help? To organize the worlds information – unless it is unavailable so you’ll have to make do with a 404 error screen, sorry!

Google has grown very fast, and in some respects I feel that the company has been surprised by its own success. The exponential growth of AdWords has generated so much revenue that Google is just throwing money in various directions, building Yahoo 2.0 in the process. Many of Google’s services are admirable. Google Search and Google Books have and will change the way that humans store and retrieve information. But Google is not a rival to Microsoft. In fact, given a couple of years, it could be Google that is threatened. Google has a killer model in the Search-Adwords-Adsense triangle. They don’t need any other services to survive in a financial sense, so perhaps we should just be grateful they are providing some of these services for free. But I for one hope that Google take time to consolidate and improve the usability of their products before they start chasing yet loftier aspirations. Google is powerful, but it is failing engage those who don’t take to technology as readily as others. Sure, you can organise the world’s information – but let everyone get at it when you have.

I don’t want the honeymoon with Google to end, but I sense that it’s about to. Let’s just hope they put in the work required to make a marriage work!

Source by Paul Fisher




Posted by rhosoi on 2005-08-14 21:48:54

Tagged: , google , gmail , error


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Generating slides from spreadsheet data

Spreadsheets are a great utility in the business world, a virtual swiss army knife for what they can do with data, turning it into information. While presentations aren’t able to manipulate data in the way a spreadsheet can, they do take information & make it more visually appealing & more easily understood by human beings. In this video, Google engineer Wesley Chun shows you how to import spreadsheet data into presentations by using both the Google Sheets and Slides APIs. With these APIs, you can develop powerful apps that can automate this process between both types of apps so users no longer have to do this by hand.

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Gmail Fail

Gmail Fail

Posted by krossbow on 2010-10-27 16:22:47

Tagged: , google , gmail , fail , Picnik




The Milky Way

This is a new version of an image that I captured back in October. I was testing out my new phone and I was (and still am) blown away by the results! I never imagined that a smartphone could shoot images like this. Here’s the old version:

The Google Pixel’s astrophotography mode is revolutionary. It automatically stacks 15 exposures of 16 seconds each and saves the stack as a raw image (which can then be processed like typical astro data from a real camera). Can’t wait to shoot more of these again someday.

This image was shot just as the galactic core started setting towards the SW. The light pollution in the distance is from Lynchburg, about 55 miles away.

Total integration: 4 minutes

Camera: Google Pixel 4a
Bortle Class 4 ~20.89 mag/arcsec^2 (St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Simeon, VA)
Processed with PixInsight and Paint.NET

Posted by horizon_productions_sfl on 2021-04-15 00:16:35

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Joomla Module Review – Google Translate For Joomla

I have a client who wanted to have their Joomla Website available in several languages. There are basically two choices for this kind of request:

  1. Create a copy of the website for each language and have each copy of the site translated by a professional.
  2. Use Google Translate for Joomla aka GTranslate

There are advantages and disadvantages to both methods.

Using Professional Translations: Creating copies of your website and having them professionally translated is the best way to get an accurate translation of your website. However, this is very expensive, especially if you want your site translated into several languages. Furthermore, every time you change or add content to your site, you also need to update all of your translations. You can see how this would quickly get VERY expensive.

Using Google Translate: Google Translate is free and instant for up to 40 different languages. Unfortunately, the translations are not very good. But they are close enough that the user can get the gist of what you are saying.

Unless you have LOTS of extra cash, I recommend Google Translate. And if you have a Joomla website, I recommend the GTranslate module for Joomla. It’s easy to install and manage.

Once it’s installed, turning on or off a language is as simple as clicking on the language and saving the module. When a user selects a language, GTranslate launches a temporary frame that loads Google Translate. But once the page has loaded, the Google Translate frame is gone. Pretty slick.

One other drawback: your translated site will not have search engine friendly URLs, will not be indexed by Google, and will show the Google translator IP address. If you don’t want to see the Google Translate frame as the page translates, and you want to have SEO URLs, you can buy the pro version of GTranslate module for $80.

I highly recommend this great Google Translation module for Joomla websites.

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Posted by Frunny on 2010-02-10 22:20:35

Tagged: , google , mail , gmail




Those boys down at Google Labs have got a quirky sense of humor.

Posted by DannoHung on 2005-04-25 12:23:45

Tagged: , gmail , google , humor , trash