CyberTech Rambler

December 19, 2007

Forward thinking Google

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 1:23 am
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Google’s GMail product manager says that Google’s philosophy is not to hold users’ data hostage, a strategy used by virtually all software companies today. He did list concrete steps that Google had taken which, at the mininum, makes it difficult for Google to do this if it choose to.

This is indeed forward thinking. In essense, Google is saying that at least for GMail, we want you to use us because we deliver a better user experience, not because we hold your data. It is difficult for any company to make this decision, as basing one’s business that relies on better user experience to get users is a lot more difficult.

Of course, Google’s deep pocket helps. One can also argue that it is facing serious competition from other provider like Yahoo and Hotmail and have no choice as others are moving in the same direction too. One most significant incidence that shows Google is having competition is that a short while ago, the news on the grapevine is Yahoo has unlimited storage.

Nevertheless, Google can take some credit for doing so.


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