Via Greg Linden's blog post entitled R.I.P. Froogle? I found out the CBS MarketWatch article entitled Google's latest could be aimed at eBay listings which informs us that

In a report for Bear Stearns clients, analyst Robert Peck described a new feature that's based on Google Base, a feature Google launched last October that lets people freely list items for sale.

Simultaneously, Google intends to "de-emphasize" its own Froogle shopping search engine, a Web site featuring paid listings from eBay and other online retailers. Google intends for Froogle to no longer be a standalone Web site; instead its listings would be absorbed by other search features, Peck wrote in his report.

There are a number of things I find interesting about this decision [if it is true]. The first point of interest is that this is another step by Google to move from a world where they crawl the Web to where content is submitted to them to be added to their search index directly. This furthers the trend started by offerings such as Google Webmaster tools (formerly Google Sitemaps) and Google Base. Another point of interest is that it seems Google considers product search to not be its own vertical but instead something that should be included automatically in search results via Instant Answers-type functionality (e.g. search for "movies 98052" exposes entry point into movie search page).

Finally, it looks like this is will be the first instance of Google killing a product that was out of beta highlighted on their main page. What product do you think they should kill next? Here's my list of top 3 Google services that should be sent to the product grave yard

  1. Google Reader: I remember how scared people were when this service first debutted, however it's slow and unintuitive UI has made it unusable by anyone except die hard Google fans. It's a testament to its crappiness that it doesn't even make the top 20 list of aggregators used by TechCrunch readers which means that even the early adopter crowd is shunning it.

  2. Google Video: Am I the only one that thinks that this entire service should be replaced with a "" based search similar to what they've done with The site has a decent search engine but almost every other part of the video sharing experience on the service is subpar. Then again, Youtube has set the bar very high.

  3. Orkut: I was talking with a fellow Microsoft employee last week about the fact that when it comes to community sites, it takes more than features for a site to become popular, it takes people. Sites like Facebook, MySpace and even Friendster managed to be chosen by the right set of influencers and connectors to make them hit critical mass. This never happened with Orkut and it never will [except in Brazil]. My suggestion would be to fold the features of Orkut into Blogger, perhaps as a new service as the SixApart folks have done with Vox (aka LiveJournal + TypePad)

That's my list. I'm sure y'all have reasons to agree or disagree, holla at me in the comments. Also, turn about is fair play so if you want to create a list of services you think Yahoo! and Microsoft should kill for similar reasons I'd definitely find it an interesting read.


Monday, September 25, 2006 8:44:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Google Reader is still in Google Labs, alongside products such as a taxi tracker and Google Mars.

According to a recent Fortune magazine cover article on Google Google is supposedly working on a new social networking application even though Orkut is popular in Brazil and Iran. I think the lawsuit with Affinity Engines slowed things down a bit in that area, but running IIS is so unlike Google.
Monday, September 25, 2006 8:53:34 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Orkut is #9 on Alexa (whose numbers are admittedly imperfect). Being big only in Brazil isn't so bad when you're THAT big in Brazil...
Monday, September 25, 2006 9:56:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Hi Dare,

Google Reader (or the Personalized Homepage) doesn't report subscriber stats in its user agent, which is why it doesn't show up in the regular Feed Burner report. However, when looking at the "Item Use" report, in the "Web-Based Feed Readers" category, Reader is detected.

Mihai Parparita
Google Reader Engineer
Tuesday, September 26, 2006 4:00:14 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)

I love google reader, its simple, web based and do one thing very efficiently i.e. you can read rss :), I think with the time I got used to it ;) Any way when you are reading blogs last 4 -5 years you know its like habit, and google search is always there to search what you read and want.

And I love google video too. It is really very techi and simple, only thing it lack is content :(
I use youtube too, but it is creepy, just try to change video size and you will know what I am talking about, Youtube restart and re-stream your video, in google it just continue. And don't forget in google you can download video on your machine. It really helps if video size is big or your internet connection is slow.

I am agree with you on orkut :)

Dhananjay Singh
Tuesday, September 26, 2006 4:56:17 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Actually, Orkut is *huge* here on the Indian subcontinent and just getting bigger. In contrast, almost no one here uses MySpace or Facebook.

You should add India and Pakistan to that list of countries. Now that's a *lot* of internet users.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 5:58:17 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Sriram beat me to it...

A few of my colleagues from the India Development Center were out here visiting for a couple of weeks and were telling me how Orkut is all the rage over there. In fact, your post reminded me I've gotta go find and add 'em as friends over there..
Thursday, September 28, 2006 11:59:44 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
At least Google Video most of the time lets you download an H.264/AAC/MP4 file. With YouTube, you are stuck with Flash video—not really sharing.
Saturday, October 21, 2006 7:01:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Google Reader's Old UI was surely not an easy one, in terms of usability or user experience. But the Updated Reader is a descent one. I hope you are commenting on Reader basedo the old UI and not the New one.The new one should surely be a contender for other Web Based readers.
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