Well, Duh...

october 9, 2006

Beaten to death before... But, at least Google finally realizes: Throwing products on the wall and seeing what sticks...Doesn't work! Duh!

In another sign of Google Inc.'s growth from start-up to corporate behemoth, the company's top executives said Thursday that they had begun telling engineers to stop launching so many new services and instead focus on making existing ones work together better. More than 50 products in various stages of development are available across Google's websites. There are so many that the company has collected 35 on a site called "More Google products," which includes digital maps, instant-messaging software, programs that speed up Web surfing and even a search engine for mail-order catalogs. Analysts said Google was fighting a problem that had historically plagued technology giants, many of which became so enamored with innovating that they forgot to create products that people would really use. "They created a bunch of crap that they have no idea what to do with," Rob Enderle, principal analyst with Enderle Group, a Silicon Valley consulting firm, said of Google. "What a huge waste of resources."
Of course, Enderle doesn't say it, but it's analysts and media people who hype up all these releases that was also a driving factor to Google releasing "a bunch of crap". Glad to see Google waking up to the fact. I wonder if the media will also? Probably not.