Tag: Google

Update: Initial review of GMail

I finally got down to spending some time with Google’s GMail service and as Mark Williamson describes, Google may have missed a significant window of opportunity to reach the typical consumer.

However, it could still find potential commercial customers by bundling the GMail service as a message server appliance similar to the Google Search Appliance.

Some of the feature sets that I experimented with include:

Contacts: I could not find a way to import my existing contact list

Calendaring Functionality: GMail offers no scheduling or collaborative features.

Archiving: Rethinking the whole idea of folders and storage to facilitate the concept of archiving by flagging messages

Rich Text: Unable to compose messages in rich text.

Virus Scan: Yet to determine if messages are scanned for viruses

Google Power: Full fledged Google search technology powering the service

Converse: The whole idea behind filing messages is built on the idea of conversations. As long as the sender / recepient are emailing the same headers, the message is grouped as a conversation.

The question remains, are we all one massive beta testing group for the new GMail Appliance server?

GMail

The eagerly anticipated and long expected invite to Google’s new Email service, a.k.a GMail finally arrived. Perhaps, using Blogger has other miscellaneous benefits, one of which is getting to test drive Google Lab creations. Out of curiosity how can you express happiness in 1GB of storage space?

The Google Portal

This may be just speculation, but I strongly believe that Google is paving the way for a new portal. Currently, the building blocks that help lead me to this conclusion are:

1) Search Engine
The search foundation for a portal goes without saying. Every single online portal has invested heavily in search technology to ensure that the end user finds value in the portal. Google has become synonymous with search consolidating its position for any future technology deliveries.

2) News
Google News offers one of the fastest and easiest ways for a user to connect with events.

3) Shopping
Froogle offers consumers a one stop location to search for good deals on various products. Furthermore Google also offers online scanned catalogs for a wide variety of stores.

4) Community
Orkut, Blogger and Google Groups are only some of the ways that Google has extended the community beyond the standard community sites. Imagine all of the above sites combined into a single sign on portal offering users the ability to grow their personal communities.

5) Communication and Messaging
Although Google is being slammed left and right for their new GMail site, I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended up buying a messaging company such as Trilian.

7) Inventor
Google is the online inventor. Take a moment to survey the inventions coming out from the Google Labs. To name just a few:

– Google toolbar
– Search Engine improvements (e.g. UPS shipment tracking, calculator, dictionary, website statistics)
– Voice Capabilities
– Wireless Capabilities (Has your company even started looking at the millions of wireless users who are going to be comparison shopping over their mobile devices?)
– Local searches
– Google sets (Driving improvement through statistical results)
– Web Alerts

8) Advertising
Have you tried AdWords or AdSense? Google owns the advertising bandwagon from end to end. With partnerships with AOL, Earthlink, Alexa, A9 and a host of other content providers, Google has a steady revenue stream to power the rest of the company’s new initiatives. Furthermore, recent introductions of rich-media banner advertising will reach out to customers who once turned down text advertising.

Aside from the fact that it has most of the above building blocks in place and is ready for the IPO, I feel that Google is a company driven by a culture that is always ready for one more challenge.

The Googlized Blogger

Is it only me or is Blogger having a hard time publishing posts?

I’m tempted to switch to SFTP, but I doubt if my server supports that yet. Speaking of servers, I’ve been using Webhost4life for the siteĀ and have opted to use 1and1 for more recent projects. For the longest time, Webhost4life has proved to be more than sufficient for my needs, but it seems like I may need to upgrade to a more responsive service provider. 1and1 on the other hand is the mega web hosting provider. The continued advertising overkill that 1and1 has unleashed on the world can sometimes be nauseating. For readers of eWeek, you’ve probably already been exposed to pages of information on why you should switch to 1and1 and can relate to what I mean.

Personally, as long as my web hosting provider can offer outstanding uptime and excellent customer service, I’ll be a happy camper.