Google's free pass

Summary:Of all the coverage of Google's press day, Paul Kedrosky has the most incisive perspective, with the fewest words, which is always a bonus:     ...

Of all the coverage of Google's press day, Paul Kedrosky has the most incisive perspective, with the fewest words, which is always a bonus: 

    * Google Co-op is a non-alogorithmic search product that breaks my "remember that people are lazy" rule
    * Google Notebook is for a market, search clipping, that is cluttered with the bones of failed products
    * Google Desktop soaks up desktop space and CPU cycles while underwhelming
    * Google Trends is marginally more useful, but it's fringe silliness, a less fun cross between Googlefight and Alexaholic

Being the empiricist that I am, I even reinstalled Google Desktop for the third time just to be sure that I haven't missed something in this latest release. Nope. It is slow, space-consuming, unnecessary, and it messed up my screen, forcing me to do a resolution change post un-install to regain the right part of my desktop.

So, my question: Where did Google get all these free passes? Inquiring minds want to know.

As I wrote yesterday, Eric Schmidt's remarks about "serendipity" didn't add up, Sergey Brin took shots at big bad Microsoft and as Paul concluded, the new product announcements weren't super compelling. I don't think Google is getting a free pass. Expectations are getting lower, and Google,  Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL etc. just keep pumping out new features in a race to become the next Microsoft, the MS of the Web age. It's in the DNA--conquer or be conquered. When that starts driving decision making, the bunker mentality prevails, and the notion of focusing on users and innovation become secondary to daily skirmishes for dominance...

Topics: Google

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