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Saturday, April 09, 2005

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Rev. Dr. Spyder X

Google is great,Google is good,let us thank them for our.......Everything! Totally agree.. Missed one,though. They bought Blogger,so they could also integrate that.. Yahoo 360 is trying to do it all with theirs,but I just don't see it happening. Google is the way.

Hakim bennis

To Rev. Dr. Spyder X,

I agree with you blogger should be integrated too. It's only that i don't really consider Blogger the same quality product they usually make -knowing that it was bought-. We will see

dendrite

Answer: No.

Google is a search company. They make products to improve searching a wide array of information. They make money by selling advertisements related to those searches. Their interest in putting people in touch with one another is only ancillary to their search engine mission.

There are already hundreds of other IM clients out there which do their jobs well. Unless Google devises a way to significantly improve this area I doubt they will make a client. Having a piece of software which integrates their collection of services together is an old idea and has been discussed ad nauseum.

Google may decide to release an IM Client or Web Browser simply for the sake of market share. This would be a huge step out of their current focus and would mark a highly significant departure from their mission. It would be a risk probably not worth taking anytime soon.

Samuel D

Releasing an IM Client would actually be a way for G to extend its supporting spaces for their Adwords offer.

And as a user, I guess it would be more fun to have contextual ads changing in real time in relevance with our chats, instead of the boring advertising banner we can find in MSN Messenger !!!

Hakim bennis

To answer dendrite


Google does not make all their product for the only sake to make money, directly or not, they eventually will. But one have to think that an IM client will atually increase adversiting revenues anyway -they can still display an add or two in the client interface-.

Look at their latest launch. Mobile Google Local, how is that increasing their profits? It is only gaining them market share and users loyaltyness. Think Google!

Hakim bennis

Totally Agree with you Samuel D.

Myroslav Opyr

Google has Hello from Picasa company. IMHO, there are a lot of work behind the scene, as Google Desktop search is prepared for Google IM program. Hello is integrated with Picasa and Blogger already. Picasa is integrated with Blogger, Gmail and Helo already.

There are rumors of VoIP Google interests at the moment, and hire of Fibre specialists. Google is increasing its storage capacity (Google is indexing and caching larger files, Gmail storage is constantly increasing). Google became domain names registrar.

What would be the next? Probably Skype-like voice IM in Hello. Corporate mail services (non-Gmail domains). Blogger.com blogs on domains and hosting from Google (quite probably for free).

Randy

Google will definitely launch its own IM client quite soon, probably by quarter 4 2005. I can assure ou that they're working on it.

Leo Westebbe

They already have one! it's called Hello (see http://www.hello.com)! It is integrated with Blogger, Picasa 2, and Gmail! Who'da thunk it?

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