Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Google Applications

I logged into GMail today and got an invitation to activate Buzz, so I did. I even posted a quick little message about my immediate impressions. And a fine bit of useless drivel it turned out to be if I do say so myself.

There was one thought that stuck me as interesting though. The realization cemented in my mind that there is bit of a pattern Google has to creating their solutions. They build or sometimes buy software that solves specific and difficult problems in easy to use ways that they provide for free. And with advertising much less obtrusive than other applications. They have many such pieces of software at this point. Now, they are finding the best possible ways to integrate them as elegantly as thy can. Networking applications to solve social networking, if you will.

I know, I'm late in realizing this. But I never accused myself of being overly watchful of other companies' strategies. Many people will argue that the one point of entry provided by Facebook makes social networking more convenient. My problem is that the utilities provided there just don't provide the functionality I want in photo management, calendars, email and event planning.

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