Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Is There Any Question Facebook Is #1?

September 22nd, 2011

In light of all the news at today’s f8 conference, that lead is only going to grow… some really cool stuff rolling out by Zuck and friends.  Timeline will be a game changer for the user interface of Facebook.  What’s interesting is that Google+ is not factored into this grid (probably due to the June ’11 data cutoff – prior to G+ launching).  They, too, are rolling out some interesting changes in their service – not to mention opening up the flood gates to all users who are interested in signing up.  The gloves are coming off, for sure. Steve Rubel (EVP/Global Strategy and Insights for Edelman) says in a tweet today:

Story of the day: Google+ and Facebook are escalating a features arms race, while Twitter is aiming to streamline <– a good move

Not sure I agree 100% with Steve.  Sure, there is something to be said for streamlining but the prevailing theory out there is that Zuckerberg is interested in ensuring that his user base does not get bored with his service.  Thus, the bevy of changes that you are seeing being instituted by Facebook this week.  Perhaps from his perspective, the trade off for pissing off his users is that they remain engaged, because they are forced to come back and engage with the platform – hopefully leading to them learning something new and discovering elements to facebook they weren’t aware of before.  Mostly smart – unless he does something so egregious that people flee and stay away.  I personally don’t see that happening.  It’s a service that has become a fabric of our everyday lives… which is what he was banking on.

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The Social Graph Overlap

July 27th, 2011

Great infographic that shows how Google+ is like Facebook and Twitter via Mediabistro.  I’m still digging into Google+.

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Google Unveils Two New TV Adverts

May 6th, 2011

Now, if your in media you know that Google doesn’t typically advertise on TV – yet they’ve come out with 2 spots within the last week promoting Chrome.  The first one I saw was entitled “It Gets Better” and the theme of the ad spot focused on bullying.  Great spot, great message – discussing a very relevant topic in the news today.

The second spot I saw really hit its mark with me.  I’m a new dad to my son Brooks.  A few nights ago Danielle and I were watching TV and saw the spot entitled “Dear Sophie“, about a new dad that used all the tools from Google (in his Chrome Browser, of course) to communicate ‘forward’ to his daughter at various stages of her life.  It was basically a time capsule of her life, through Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Picassa and any other tool from Google that was applicable.  Brilliant.  I think it’s just inspired me to do the same…

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The Mobile Movement – Stat Porn, Courtesy Of Google

April 28th, 2011

There are actually some pretty interesting stats embedded within. Particularly compelling is the marriage of retail and your mobile device:

Purchase-driven Shoppers: Smartphones have become an indispensable shopping tool and are used across channels and throughout the research and decision-making process.

  • 79% of smartphone consumers use their phones to help with shopping, from comparing prices, finding more product info to locating a retailer
  • 74% of smartphone shoppers make a purchase, whether online, in-store, or on their phones
  • 70% use their smartphones while in the store, reflecting varied purchase paths that often begin online or on their phones and brings consumers to the store

Courtesy: Google Mobile Ads Blog

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Why I Will Be Killing My Land Line

August 25th, 2010

Facebook ‘Places’ launches…

August 18th, 2010

Anyone see the irony in this image?  If I were Google, I’d be a ‘little’ bit upset with the name of the service (for the uninformed, see: Google Places).  The supposed ‘Foursquare killer‘ has launched – another great example of Facebook letting others pioneer technology and then implementing a ‘copy exact’ model to a significantly larger user base.  One difference?  Your friends can ‘check you in’ if you allow it. That could have some interesting implications and you better really trust your ‘friends’ on Facebook to be considerate when showing you at a venue you might not be comfortable with.

Looking at the social graph tonight, I’m not sure this is quite out of beta.  Only available in the United States (Foursquare – International), and many users are getting the ‘Fail Whale’ of Places – meaning… ‘This service will be available in your region soon’ note when they try to check in.

Their advantage – adoption.  As ReadWriteWeb says on it’s Twitter feed:

once I see Places, probably all my friends are on FB, only a few use 4sq. for visibility, it’s an obvious choice

Sadly, I think they’re right.  Personally, I’m still a believer in Foursquare – but I’ll probably use Places as well.

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Googlebooking Your Local Business

April 28th, 2010

It’s no secret that location is quickly becoming one of the key decision points when it comes to marketing to an ad receptive demographic.  The newest trend is on the mobile platform – ala Foursquare and Gowalla.  However, the offline practice is still very relevant (think the Zagat and it’s restaurant ratings – side note – they just integrated with Foursquare this year).  Web based companies are starting to make it more relevant and more ubiquitous with their signage in local businesses.  Yelp was one of the first in the growing the trend of sending out stickers to local businesses that integrate an offline analog experience with your favorite social network.  Google was quick to follow with their ‘Favorite Places‘ decals.  Facebook continues the trend of letting others pioneer and then swoop in to dominate an established practice due to the sheer size of their user base.  Who wins moving forward?  Mashable bets on Facebook.

…one decal will prevail and we tend to think Facebook’s more than 400 million userbase and the value of an instant Fan will make Facebook’s offering especially appealing to local business owners.

I tend to agree.  In this case, size does matter.

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Google ‘Replays’ Real Time Search

April 14th, 2010

Today, Google announced that they are adding a great new feature to their real time search capabilities – the ability to ‘replay’ a moment in time in Twitter, via it’s Twitter search capabilities, to see what people were saying on Twitter at any given moment – literally, to the minute.  For now, Tweets are being indexed back to February of this year – however, according to ReadWriteWeb, they will soon be able to index back to early 2006.  The power of the internet ‘archive’…What a great way to find out how, when, and by whom news was broken on the social graph…

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A Video Insight On Google – Don’t Be Evil

April 9th, 2010

This was passed along to me this morning by a trusted contact who has a keen eye for interesting tidbits on the Net…  Our own Any Grove gets a mention, being quoted as saying “Google is a company on steroids, with a finger in every industry”.  He couldn’t be more right – we’re seeing that every day.


April Fools – Google Style

April 1st, 2010

At the beginning of March, there were several stories published by major news networks, around how one town in Kansas renamed itself (temporarily) ‘Google, Kansas’ in an effort to claim one of the few spots available for the beta version of Google’s Fiber Network.  That did not go unrecognized by Google, and today they exacted their ‘revenge’ by renaming their campus and homepage as an April Fool’s joke.  Well played Google, er ‘Topeka’.

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