Monday was one of the fun days for me personally — not that I drove around a race track or sky-dived or did something outrageous. Hell, I didn’t even go out for dinner. What was fun was following the big Google-Motorola merger and how the team GigaOM was covering the story.
I woke up at my usual time. I shut off the alarm on my iPhone, scanned through messages and saw an email from my restless board member who was pinging me about the Google-Motorola deal. Damn! I put on the kettle, opened my Macbook Air, checked out GigaOM.com and there they were: a post that covered the news, one that analyzed the deal and third one took into account the patent implications of the deal. If you were our early morning reader, then you got what we have to offer – tech news and analysis with our own unique twist.
As the day unfolded we covered many different angles. We looked at patent side of the equation. We talked about implications for the set-top box business. We did a summary of what the web was saying, which is reflection of my belief that all news is collaborative and no one has the complete story. And to bookend the day, we did a piece about what the deal means for home automation market. Somewhere in the middle I was able to squeeze a post of my own.
Why did we put so much attention on the story? Simply put this news is smack in the middle of our sweet spot. A long before it became fashionable to write about it, we have been covering the nexus of cloud, mobile and broadband. We were early on the Google Android story and Motorola launched its Android efforts at our Mobilize conference in 2009. Regardless, what was most amazing was to see all the action unfold on our internal Socialcast in real-time — with minimal interference from me or any of the other editors. Professionals doing their own thing – quietly, efficiently and smartly. As someone who is as ink-stained as I am, that is as good as it gets.
Thanks team — I couldn’t have had more fun!
- If you want to follow GigaOM’s coverage of the Google buying Motorola, check out a special topic page we have set-up.
- Two great posts on this topic — MG Siegler’s Defending Android and indomitable John Gruber coming down with one of his classic final word posts.
- Our research service, GigaOM Pro is going to be offering a special report on this merger later. If you are not a subscriber, it might be good time for you guys to sign-up and try it for a week.