Google fast & loose, Yahoo slow but consistent
Noteworthy story in the NYT today
, with an interesting take on the differences between Yahoo and Google.
The key example is Google Maps, which has lots of gee-whiz features, but doesn't have an address book or a way of even remembering your default address -- something that makes Yahoo convenient. The response from Google is eye-opening: Its engineers can't be bothered with the basics.
When asked about the lack of an address book in Google Maps in an interview last fall, Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president for search products and user experience, said it was a gap in the product. She said it was much easier to get the company's engineers to spend time developing pioneering new technology than a much more prosaic address storage system
Alan Eustace, a senior vice president for engineering and research at Google, said in an interview last week that the company had made a conscious choice to play down copycat features: "We are trying to come up with something that is new and different, that makes people say 'Wow.'"
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The Nostalgia of Pins in a Map, and Other Google Effluvia
While trolling through Derek Scruggs' blog today, I found a link to one of the most common counting habits for obsessives: where have you been? Douwe Osinga, one of Google's European engineers, has this hack posted on his web site.
July 24, 2006 6:18 PM
From: BKM Blog
Is Google forgetting or overplaying its entrepreneurial roots? Jeff Nolan and Silicon Beat each had postings today that give me pause for conern as a Google shareholder. While wiz-bang features draw in the new users and win hearts and minds,
July 25, 2006 8:22 AM
Definite maturity issue at Google: producing new and shiny vs. added value to their customers. They need some product managers with some gravitas to help make some tough decisions.
it is difficult for google PMs to make decision coz engineers are making shots
Google, its partners, and users would benefit from a federated ID. this would enable convenience (single sign on) for users across the myriad of Google partner sites, enable personalization (search and content), and enable ad tracking for all of their partners. This is something Yahoo has across their network and has the ability to extend to their partners.
Yeah, they aren't great with non-gee-whiz stuff and integrated stuff together. Well, they hire some other company to attack those issues. Its just a matter of money, isn't it?
So what, the delicate geniuses can't be bothered with the mundane. Good for them. Management is supposed to see that the holes get plugged. Time for Eric to get on the stick and hire a chief mundane officer.