Category Archives: Google

Google+ Is Creating Posts People Don’t Want

Same-day update: Nope. Not true. Poor wording in Google’s spam emails to me. See end of post for clarification.

I got this email out of the blue today:

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What the hell?

I didn’t create any damned post on Google+.

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Tech Photos From Today

An unplanned trip to Manhattan today. Stopped in some stores and pawed at or just looked at a few things. All photos have been resized any resampled to VGA; click any to enlarge.



That’s the new Acer eight-inch full Windows 8 tablet. I don’t think that’s going to sell big. At eight inches, a 4:3 screen would be better. And the screen itself is a bit hinky, with colors going all weird when not viewed head-on. The one shot of the screen I have I can’t run because my mug is prominently reflected in it.

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YouTube Is To Video What Amazon Is To eBooks

Why Online Video Just Took One More Big Step to Legitimacy

  • People watch 5.3 hours of TV / day. They read less than 30 minutes. You can’t change media consumption patterns easily. The future of the Internet is video. Full stop.
  • Production costs have fallen more than 90%. Distribution costs have, too. This is classic “Innovator’s Dilemma” market conditions.
  • My estimate is that the top 5 YouTube networks will do > $200 million net revenue in 2013 (after Google’s share)
  • These same top networks – Maker, Machinima, Zefr, FullScreen, BigFrame – and the like have create nearly 1,000 new tech / media jobs in LA in the past 3 years alone.
  • Google does not have the semi-benevolent reputation of Amazon, however, so there will be trouble ahead.

    While each of these channels celebrate the building of their brand and audience, they’re also building the brand and audience of YouTube. And what happens when the day comes — and it inevitably will — when Google and them can’t come to happy contractual terms? Where do the channels go after YouTube? Where’s the B-channel? Vimeo? Dailymotion? Once upon a time there was Veoh, but that’s just about dead.

    People like to talk about how technology makes “one winner” — but these single winners create a lot of eventual losers downstream.

    I hope Marissa Mayer at Yahoo is paying attention. If she is, she’ll grab Hulu while she still can.

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    Google Translate Chinese-To-English


    You can’t make up this shit.

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    Google Me-Too Minus

    Why I left Google

    As it turned out, sharing was not broken. Sharing was working fine and dandy, Google just wasn’t part of it. People were sharing all around us and seemed quite happy. A user exodus from Facebook never materialized. I couldn’t even get my own teenage daughter to look at Google+ twice, “social isn’t a product,” she told me after I gave her a demo, “social is people and the people are on Facebook.”

    Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

    Google has become the new Microsoft. A Me-Too company.

    Google Plus? Hahaha. The Real Names fiasco. The weird Circles that never made any damn sense to me. Having to read too-long shit from people I don’t know and don’t want to read. The bizarre UI that never made any damn sense to me. The “Let’s All Play Nice” policy.

    I left and haven’t been back and will probably never go back.

    If I want “social,” I’ll go to Twitter.

    Being a Me-Too company is death.

    And Google Search has turned into shit.

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    Google Pimps Play eBooks


    Which is a waste of marketing dollars. What are they really selling here? eBooks or a tablet? Why no mention of the Google Play Store? Why no link to just the damn eBooks?


    Filed under Digital Overthrow, eBooks: General, Google, Marketing

    The Google Store. What?

    To get products into more hands, Google will open its own stores by the end of the year

    An extremely reliable source has confirmed to us that Google is in the process of building stand-alone retail stores in the U.S. and hopes to have the first flagship Google Stores open for the holidays in major metropolitan areas.

    The mission of the stores is to get new Google Nexus, Chrome, and especially upcoming products into the hands of prospective customers. Google feels right now that many potential customers need to get hands-on experience with its products before they are willing to purchase. Google competitors Apple and Microsoft both have retail outlets where customers can try before they buy. Google’s retail move won’t be an entirely new area, however.

    This just makes my head hurt.

    It is Friday evening. I’m not supposed to have to think about something with as many repercussions as this at this hour.

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    Google Books/ScanOps Massive FAIL

    This is how a page is supposed to appear in a Google Books PDF:


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    The Value Of A Google Books PDF


    See that cover? This is what it would cost to get in print:

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    Yet it — and five other issues in one ~48MB PDF — is available free at Google Books. Possibly $264 of print for free in a format better than print.

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    Google Play Gift Cards: No Credit Card Required

    Amazon requires customers to have a credit card in order to use Amazon Gift Cards at its Android App Store. They claim that’s their method of geo-restricting sales — tying them to a U.S.-issued card.

    Google Play Gift Cards will not have that restriction.

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