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Google's Latest "Innovation" err... Ripoff...

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July 08, 2008 – Comments (5)

Google, which has failed to produce any biz that makes money except for selling ads, decides it's time to copy yet another business: virtual worlds.

So, just as Second Life's 15 minutes is finally over, Google introduces its own version.

Here's hoping it's every bit a major success as, ohh, YouTube... Picasa... The Writely and other software it "innovated" by buying, etc.

Sj

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#1) On July 08, 2008 at 8:26 PM, TMFBent (99.82) wrote:

Oops, forgot the linkage...

See how cute it is? That's what everyone needs from the web, right, more cute ways to waste time?

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#2) On July 08, 2008 at 10:44 PM, SpaceMonkey01 (39.28) wrote:

Lack of innovation...it's when the angry, young, and poor transform into fat, dumb, and happy.

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#3) On July 09, 2008 at 7:07 AM, TMFBent (99.82) wrote:

Well, at Google, "innovation" has always been pretty much an illusion, a function of PR more than reality. What did Google really innovate?

They perfected Web search, that's for sure. And they perfected the way of leeching billions off the content everyone else creates on the Web.

But everything else, innovation? Hardly. Everything else is Google's "me too" but without onerous display advertising that marked the previous versions. That's a little tweak. It's hardly innovation. (Google Finance, gmail, gchat, base etc.)

Google's other great "innovations," like Blogger, Google Earth, YouTube, the "gphone" and Google's joke of an "office" platform are nailed together from existing products Google bought from the original innvators, in many cases sending those very innovators packing in the process.

And some of Google's "innovations" are not far short of plain old blackmail, like its position on copyright at YouTube, which is pretty much "hey, we can't really police this, and our legions of copyright violators are going to steal your content on our behalf, so you have to play ball with us..."

Google does one or two things very right, but it's tiresome to see its every trip to the bathroom chronicled in the press as the height of new technology. Wake the rest of us up when Google figures out a way to make anything besides Web Search and Ads make money. Or simply live with the fact that this is an advertising company.

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#4) On July 09, 2008 at 12:21 PM, maverickpl (75.46) wrote:

They are like Microsoft but without completely destroying every last bit of value in the purchased product.

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#5) On July 09, 2008 at 10:31 PM, TMFBent (99.82) wrote:

Actually, they're nothing like Microsoft. They're a one-trick pony that's failed to make money at anything else, but nonetheless has a strange amount of goodwill, generated by widespread delusions, and one good product: web search.

 

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