6 thoughts on “Google’s Problems”

  1. I totally agree with this. The world is too app-happy thanks to phones, when most of the non-games could just as easily be browser-based. Battelle is a smart guy. Had the chance to talk to him when his FM signed up one of my sites.

  2. Methinks Battelle’s concern reflects his own wiring. Equally subjective I admit – I find myself wandering pleasantly afield, touching from link to link, more easily, more often, with my iOS iPad than my desktop machine. I move whatever I enjoy, learn, between the two.

    Of the other devices, well, I use an AppleTV to bring IPTV to the television set. I’ve owned one of those for 50 years. Been online since 1983. I’ve been a DirecTV subscriber since their 2nd month in the ether in 1994. None of this is problematic. The best of what each offers plays off the other with the intercession of a human software design genius.

    All I want is more interoperability, more convergence.

    1. Ed

      Your usage behaviors not withstanding, I think John is making some solid points about how the data streams are getting inherently more diverse and complex and search as we know it might not be enough. I am of the same belief as well. I do think it is time to start thinking about life beyond search and think of interfaces like the one I wrote about last week – MindMeld on GigaOM. I know you read that.

  3. The balkanization of information is a reality from which I doubt there is an immediate path out because it is not in the interest of Apple, Facebook, Twitter et al to make their data available to Google’s crawlers – and who can blame them. Though, anticipatory computing is of value it doesn’t solve the problem of information balkanization because it too has to query and access search engine results as well as social media data. Maybe a grand alliance amongst everyone except Google would help but then it would fall foul of some anti-competitive regulation.

    The Internet and the web ideally needs a Google and Bing that is non-commercial more than it needs a Facebook or Twitter to be such. The grand non-profit Internet/web library that is available to all paid for by a handful of wealthy foundations. Maybe Microsoft with Bing should step up to the plate. We need to think past Google and solve the problem differently because it does need solving.

  4. What a great piece! We all search through different channels now instead of just typing text in a box. Where we had a “shared experience” of search thanks to Google, we will now all have our own ways of searching-through Siri, through FB or Twitter. And I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing. An analogy is the media revolution. The whole world watched the moon-landing on the television. If such an event happens now, we all consume it through different channels. Yes, we did forego the shared experience-which had the power to unite everyone in a single moment of time but we also have more control now over how we consume media.

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