Any regular reader of this blog will know that I'm a huge fan of the Register and Andrew Orlowski in particular for telling it the way it is. Perhaps with a little added sneering cynicism thrown in for good measure. Orlowski's retrospective on the good old days of Google 'Google abandons Search' is very much… Continue reading The search is over
Whilst I entirely agree on Google's position on Proposition 8 in California, the very act of Google coming out with a political opinion on an issue of this sort raises the question, again, of how comfortable we are with the power that Google has over our lives. I don't mean to sound overly dramatic, but for… Continue reading No vote
When in Chrome
Here I am somewhere else talking about Google Chrome.
Seth Godin here, picks up on a subject which Russell Davies discussed in Campaign last year. The Uncanny Valley. That topic is actually about when robotics (and the like) become too believable, and people begin to respond less well to them. How does this work in marketing? For me, it's a bit like when you… Continue reading It’s uncanny
Ins and outs – a redefinition of digital marketing
Remember the first website you built. I remember doing them at university a bit but they were really awful. And then I did one for the company I worked in. And then, rather suddenly I was running a company that made them. And in the start people would argue about everything. Should there be persistent… Continue reading Ins and outs – a redefinition of digital marketing
Third time lucky
Amelia's amusing analysis of Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 came coincidentally on the same day that I was at a conference thingy and had been having exactly that discussion: what was 2.0 and how much of it was pure marketing sentiment. I couldn't disagree more. I think 2.0 is a radical shift in society. It… Continue reading Third time lucky
An interesting headline in yesteday's Standard. Something tells me they haven't quite got the hang of this internet thing. The huge and hostile $44bn bid Microsoft has planned for Yahoo! will doubtless fuel the ongoing religious debate between the brands. Google of course has come out with a statement that it has 'serious concerns' about… Continue reading Microsoft!
Setting the standard
Is it just me, or is there something a little bit desperate in Google's response to Facebook, Open Social? Amongst all this cooked-up debate about whether Facebook will join the Open Social platform, there is a fundamental misunderstanding of the attraction of the platform. If no one invented another application for Facebook (another annoying Spam-ridden app… Continue reading Setting the standard
This week is Google week at the Economist. The very funny front cover (above), the main leader (pay walled) and a three-page feature. The point they're making is that markets don't know what to make of a company that says it's not there to make money - especially if it's the most powerful force in the most revolutionary medium… Continue reading Google it
Better by beta
From the department of 'in case you'd missed it'. You really can't turn your back on the Google chaps for five seconds. The latest addition to the mapping family, street view still needs a little polish but it's going to be quite amazing, and they just keep getting the stuff out there, as quickly as they can get it done. Also,… Continue reading Better by beta