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This is beautiful, from Verne Kopytoff of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Nate Elliott, an analyst for JupiterResearch, a technology research firm, said Google is too unpredictable for him to know.

The company's additions this year -- from satellite map images to digital photo management to e-mail -- have followed no logical pattern, he said.

"They plunge into any area they feel like plunging into," Elliott said. "There never seems to be any rhyme or reason."

Who needs rhyme or reason when you have cash up the yin yang?

What comes next is likely something EPIC... (Thanks, Robin Sloan, John Battelle, mefi and technorati!)

Or, what comes next might just be a better crawler, thanks to this ZDNet link to Tim Bray:

If I were asked to coin a brief description of [Google's] crawling strategy, it would be: Brute force.
Build a better mousetrap, and Google will buy...

Oliver Thylmann

You can add Ignite Logic to the list.


Thanks, Oliver. Done.

Adds Nick,

Google, just what is it that you want to be?

The answer, of course, is: we don't know.

Perhaps Marissa Mayer, who oversees the search site and all of Google's consumer web products, knows.

Let's see what we can ascertain from Marissa Mayer talking to the press over the past month. (Does she have them on speeddial?? :)

Choice Marissa Mayer quote #1:

"It's hard to argue that we have dropped the ball on any of the major services we have released. They just move at different paces... There is more creativity involved in our process here... And isn't that more fun and more interesting? We respond not only to competitive pressures but also to internal ideas."

Choice Marissa Mayer quote #2:

"[Orkut and Friendster have] similar capabilities and similar limitations... [but Google has been] blown away [by the success of Orkut only 12 months after it was introduced. Google still earns no revenues on Orkut, Ms. Mayer said.]"

Choice Marissa Mayer quote #3:

"With a company like Google that's growing this fast, the verbal history can't be passed along fast enough... Our legal department loves the blogs, because it basically is a written-down, backed-up, permanent time-stamped version of the scientist's notebook. When you want to file a patent, you can now show in blogs where this idea happened."

And let's not forget this beauty from Marissa Mayer's public appearance last month:

"The prime reason the Google home page is so bare is due to the fact that the Founders didn't know HTML and just wanted a quick interface."

So much to say, so little time... ;)


Its a really interesting and eye opening artical. Does anyone knows how much google has paid for all these acquisitions? ...

jimmy amrtin


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Wikipedia now has a Google acquisitions page.

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