November 26, 2006
Sticky SituationBrad Garlinghouse, a senior VP at web search engine, Yahoo!, recently penned a memo lamenting the company's seeming lack of direction in its widespread acquisitions. The cliche-laden document - eventually nick-named the PEANUT BUTTER MANIFESTO for its frequent allusions to the sandwich shmear - was almost immediately leaked to the Wall Street Journal. While some question whether or not this slip-up was intentional, one thing is for certain: THIS DOCUMENT WILL RAISE MUCH DEBATE ABOUT THE FUTURE OF WEB2.0. The PB Manifesto criticised Yahoo! for being reckless and unfocused in its purchases of smaller, user-oriented startups. The document claimed that Yahoo! was over-diversified and its many subcomponents were actually canablizing one another and hurting the overall corporation. Such views prompt one to wonder: since this was a rather forseeable outcome, why would companies such as Yahoo! go on buying-sprees in the first place? Competition could be one motivator; rivalry with Google and Microsoft could have incited a "take-it-so-they-can't" mentality. Or, the big boys simply may have not appreciated the gaining popularity of the smaller Web2.0 ventures they schooped up (acting somewhat monopolistically in the process).
However, whatever the initial intent of Yahoo's loose purse-strings, a more pressing inquiry might be: what's the plan for the future? Pass the Jelly.
November 21, 2006
Plans for Yahoo
When searching for anything on the internet, I always use google. It is my one and usually only source for internet information. Because there are millions of others just like me, companies like Yahoo are losing internet advertising space and money to google.
To do something about this, Yahoo is planning several mergers and acquisitions. They have already missed out on the opportunites with youtube and myspace, so they are considering the following:
- 1. Buy Aol
- 2. Sell to Microsoft
- 3. Merge with Ebay
- 4. Purchase Facebook
Some of these ideas are said only to be rumors, like the purchase of facebook, but others like selling to Microsoft could be the real deal. If this takes place, Microsoft and Yahoo would combined only have about the same revenues as google. Will anyone or any combination be able to beat out google?
Google: Wal-Mart of the Web World???The story of the big, bad greed-driven corporation moving in to gobble up all of the smaller, more well-inentioned businesses that make up the apple-pie foundation of America is far from new. However, it seems that Wal-Mart is no longer the only big-timer drawing criticism for tampling all over small-town ventures. The fight to preserve small business has moved from Main Street to data stream; the latest accusations: Google's perceived plot to dismantle Web 2.0...the umbrella term for cyber-content that is becoming increasingly more user-generated. The prolific acquisitions made in recent months are likely just more cheap fuel for the maelstrom of Google growth...NOT some evil ploy to control the net, as some overly dramatic bloggers posit. Still, over the past several years, the search giant has kept quite busy in buying, and repackaging small startups for its own. Here are some recent contestants in Google's game of buy and rename that company:
- Keyhole, Where2, and Sketchup were morphed into Google Earth
- ZipDash was converted to Google Maps
- 2Web transformed into Google Spreadsheets
- Wrietly was changed into Google Docs
While this all seems to be a concerted move on the part of Google to create a more centralized suite of offerings for webusers, some are crying foul. The users of web calendar program, Kiko, recently protested when Kiko was put up for sale on eBay as a result of its inability to compete with Google's newly acquired online calendar features. The one upside: Google doesn't have really creepy greeters.
November 19, 2006
Online Mergers and Acquisitions
After much deliberation,we, the members of Group 7, have decided to cover the topic of online mergers and acquisitions. The trend of internet-based companies had its beginnings in the DOTCOM REVOLUTION, but has more recently manifested itself in the activities of websearch giants, Yahoo! and Google. The particular aim of our investigation of this topic will be the purchase of user-generated sites, such as Facebook and MySpace. Deals like these are becoming ever more common, as these titans of cyberspace square off in a contest to draw continually larger user bases, and, of course, mega BUCK$ along the way. We look to explore the motives behind these deals, how they are reshaping the way the net works, and how they change the entities involved.
November 18, 2006
Searching Blogs using Google
Undoubtedly, blogs are becoming an ever more important and widespread means of expression and communication on the web. However, with so many blogs out there, and so many different forums in which they are posted, finding specific blogs can be a hassle. Oftentimes, using normal search techniques with conventional engines yields results that are mediocre at best. Recently, many engines have begun offering features to expressly answer this problem. One particularly useful option is the Blog Search Beta feature offered by none other than the almighty Google. Google's Blog Search allows users to enter searches in a fashion similar to its normal engine, with key words generating relevant results. However, certain tools help to refine these searches and produce much more usable results. For example, a date filter allows searchers to pare down the time-frame during which searched blogs were published. Also, users can subscribe to an e-mail based alert whenever their favorite blogs are updated. The world of blogging is rapidly changing, and the major entities in cyberspace are doing their best to keep pace.
Visit GOOGLE BLOG SEARCH
November 08, 2006
New Entry: Freedom of Speech on the InternetWatchdog adds Egypt to Internet "Blacklist"
This article, dated November 8, 2006, discusses an internationally important issue: freedom of speech. This week, an international journalist organization placed Egypt on an â€œinternet blacklist,â€? criticizing the nation for its intolerance to free expression of ideas. Traditionally, the freedom of speech debate as a core aspect of world democracy has stemmed from verbal and written forms of expression, including newspapers and magazines. However, as technology advances have pushed across the world, the internet has become one of the main forums for communication of ideas and opinions in the form of blogs, etc.
November 07, 2006
The Quest for IT information
Finding good IT information on the internet can be difficult at times.
Luckily, search engines like google and newspapers online make the search less challenging.
Using google, our group was able to find several reliable websites that inlcluded IT related information. The following are some IT sources we found through google:
- PC world
In addition to using google,we found that online newspapers were are good source for IT articles. Some of the newspapers we found helpful were:
when in doubt...google can help you find what you are looking for, or at least help lead you in the right area.
November 06, 2006
Virtual Earth...Virtual Ads
This afternoon (11/6/'06) Microsoft unveiled its entry into the 3-D internet cartography market: MICROSOFT VIRTUAL EARTH . This program aims to spar with the likes of Google's Google Earth . While Microsoft's new release seems to cover less geography at present than Google's offering, Microsoft's program purports to boast staggering detail of the areas it does cover. Based on airplane photography, the images will be integrated into search software on INTERNET EXPLORER and WINDOW'S VISTA . This is in contrast with Google Earth, which stands alone as a desktop item. Bill Gates' firm seeks to bring the most realistic 3-D modeling to market with Virtual Earth. However, this facet is somewhat overshadowed by the prevalence of that scrourge of internet tranquility: OMNIPRESENT ONLINE ADVERTISING. Microsoft seeks to inject reality into Virtual Earth by creating plenty of adspace in astonishing resolution. If it's emblazoned in technicolor over some billboard, poster, etc in real life, you can make a bet it shows up on VE in equally annoying detail. What's more, users of VE are badgered with opportunities to CLICK TO LEARN MORE about the ads that litter this virtual landscape. While this resembles a crafty bit of marketing integration on Microsoft's part, it could prove to be a real nuissance to users. This looks to be another standard feature of Vista that could either make or break the new OS, based on users' approval or distaste.
LEARN MORE ABOUT VIRTUAL EARTH HERE