Archive for August, 2006

Should Google’s Competitors Merge?

August 13, 2006

Economist.com has written a pretty interesting article comparing Google to Napoleon. Microsoft, Yahoo!, and eBay, are a lot like Russia, Prussia, and Austria. Some say a merger between two of the smaller powers would help prevent Google from gaining more search market share. Others say it would simply expedite the smaller companies’ decline.

I don’t think a merger between Yahoo! and Microsoft would be too helpful. Yahoo! is an Internet portal; Microsoft has an Internet portal. Thus, Microsoft offers a much broader scope of products and services, and the two companies overlap on every service common to Internet portals: email, chat, news, music, search, etc. It seems that the best strategy between Yahoo! and Microsoft is to partner together. They’ve already announced plans to integrate their chat clients. Deals like these are in both companies’ best interest. The problem is, these small partnerships have minimal impact on Google.

Although I don’t think a merger between Yahoo! and Microsoft would help either company very much, I do think either company would benefit from a merger with eBay. There would be no overlapping of services. A merger of that size would be so huge though, it seems that nothing like that will happen until drastic measures essentially require it to happen. Maybe these drastic measures will be realized when Google hits 90% market share for search. Only time will tell.

Looking for Ultimate Frisbee in Your Area?

August 12, 2006

I love the sport of ultimate Frisbee. That’s why I’ve been working on a website to help organize the sport. It’s called DiscEvents.com. I’m proud to say that it’s finally up and running!

The site makes use of AJAX and Google Maps. I made the site to help connect ultimate players to other ultimate players. You can use the site to find tournaments or pickup games. And if no disc events exist in your area right now, you can use DiscEvents.com to let others know you’re looking for a group.

So if you’re looking for ultimate in your area, or want to spread the word about a tournament you’re hosting, check it out. DiscEvents.com It’s fast, it’s free, it’ll help you find more ultimate.

New Links in Gmail

August 10, 2006

Looks like Google is testing another UI upgrade inside Gmail:


Pretty convenient use of the precious and limited real estate, I’d say. Chance are, this is part of a gradual rollout; if you don’t see these links in your Gmail right now, you will soon.