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Google is blowing it

They're in trouble with the SEC over unregistered shares they issued, their IPO price is too high, they haven't come up with a convincing roadmap, they're targets of DDoS attacks and click fraud, they're facing multiple lawsuits ... you get the idea. I wonder if they will even IPO. The markets, and tech stocks in particular, have been taking a beating the past few weeks. That plus their other problems makes for an unfavorable IPO climate.

I don't get it. Why is Google blowing it? Hasn't there been enough destruction of once high-flying companies that they realize it could happen to them also? You only need walk a few blocks from the 'plex to see empty buildings that once housed popular companies. Sure, some of them were inflated by the dot-boom, but still ... it seems to me that Google would be extra careful to manage their business affairs on the eve of their IPO.

In contrast, Ask Jeeves seems to have quietly built a respectable business. You don't hear anything about SEC violations, lawsuits, etc. with regards to them ... it's just search, for the most part ... doing things their customers and users want them to do. I wonder if they are the model for a search business ...


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Aug. 8th, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC)
Y'know. I almost never use Ask Jeeves.
Aug. 8th, 2004 05:14 pm (UTC)
I do when I have a question that I want to ask in "sentence" format that I haven't been able to boil down into standard search engine keywords (or I can, but those keywords return too much junk).
Aug. 8th, 2004 05:24 pm (UTC)
I'm not to worried about Google, speaking as a civilian.
Aug. 9th, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC)
What do you think Google should do (if anything) to address the concerns that have been raised?

Note that most of these concerns aren't of a technical nature. I think most people feel that Google has good technology. (I actually think the click fraud issue is technical, but since it is not "core search" (e.g. indexing, ranking), some people view it as more of a finance or sales problem.)
Aug. 8th, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC)
I've gotten less enchanted with Google since the annoying Orkut thing and the Gmail. But they've still got the cleanest search interface out there, which will get my business every time.
Aug. 9th, 2004 11:28 pm (UTC)
What do you think is lacking (or excessive) about Ask Jeeves' interface? Not that I'm a human factors or UI expert, but I don't see much difference between the two, at least in the way that I use search engines.
Aug. 9th, 2004 11:38 pm (UTC)
Last time I looked at it, I'm pretty sure it had a lot of wiggly ads. I just looked again, and now it doesn't. So no, I wouldn't say there's much of a UI difference. Google's interface is still graphically cleaner and I prefer it, but that's an aesthetic preference.
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