Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jul 2012 00:59 UTC
Google "Google today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. 'Google standalone had a strong quarter with 21% year-on-year revenue growth, and we launched a bunch of exciting new products at I/O - in particular the Nexus 7 tablet, which has received rave reviews,' said Larry Page, CEO of Google, 'This quarter is also special because Motorola is now part of the Google family, and we're excited about the potential to build great devices for users.'"
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acobar
Member since:
2005-11-15

Hum, lets recap a long list of things/companies that or were in the path or tried it latter.
On online advertising:
- Crushed all others;

On search:
- Altavista - crushed;
- Yahoo (search) - crushed;
- Bing - failed.

On browsers:
- raised to 2nd position even though was last to arrive. With the explosion of smart-phones, lined to be the first.

On Phones:
- Nokia - crushed;
- RIM - crushed;
- Palm - crushed;
- Apple - failed to get market leadership.

On tablets:
- Little success so far, but improving.

On maps:
- Crushed all others.

On online services (mail, office):
- getting their share.

On social nOt-working:
- Seems like Google+ is improving.

We cannot say that Google created all things or were first to the market in pretty much any segment they do business, but they know better than any other company I know how the leverage what is there to help improve their own business and, while doing it, also helping foster a lot of FOSS projects.

Also, they put a lot of effort on partnership. That was a strong point of Microsoft before they became the leviathan they are today and started to disrespect or neglect the ties they had acting like a dictator and pissing off left and right. Hope google does not follow this path.

Oh, yeah, Firefox user here.

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judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

Google+ might look like a failiure, but it is not. It is growing and the setup of it all is not like facebook where you can physically track a person down that you disagree with, Google+ without a doubt is the only competitor to facebook that matters. And facebook is going to be the next myspace soon unless major changes is made to their concept. Guess who will pick up the pieces?

Last i checked, facebook is till bleeding users to an extent almost unfathomable in the west. They claim they are growing in the far east, but even though they are at the same amount of users, the relative purchase power of lets say fillipino or chinese users is alot less. Thus ads does not matter as much. Add to that the failiure of localization of ads on facebook. When i was in Cambodia and used facebook non of the adds were in champa, and seriously.. Almost none of the champa populace would understand english ads and much less buy something from those ads.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

the setup of it all is not like facebook where you can physically track a person down that you disagree with

Hm?

When i was in Cambodia and used facebook non of the adds were in champa, and seriously.. Almost none of the champa populace would understand english ads and much less buy something from those ads.

When you used FB ...was that when you were logged, I presume? I'd guess FB can localise ads also per user, not only per coordinates.


Overall, the dynamics of such services tend to be too chaotic (like with social networks in general - the people kind) to predict a real demise or rise at this point in time. And FB might be just settling itself into long-term equilibrium in the west.

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Google+ might look like a failiure, but it is not. It is growing and the setup of it all is not like facebook where you can physically track a person down that you disagree with, Google+ without a doubt is the only competitor to facebook that matters. And facebook is going to be the next myspace soon unless major changes is made to their concept. Guess who will pick up the pieces?


Wishful thinking. Literally none of the people on my friends list belongs to G+. It's a ghost town. There's zero incentive to use it, from my standpoint. Furthermore, I don't want Google having that much information about me or my friends.

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