---- Google's Chrome Market Share Drops Back After Initial Interest
poppyrich - 4:26 pm on Sep 25, 2008 (gmt 0)
Dear Not Naive, ;)
Not sure which serious point you're referring to but I assume it's the part about Google being King.
Here's how a King thinks:
(In a voiceover by James Earl Jones...)
Here at the castle, we have a philosophy;
"Introduce early, iterate often"
And it works! No matter how lacking the early version may be it's no problem. If one of our subjects doesn't like it, (which is hard to imagine because, hey, no matter what its shortcomings, WE made it, right?) they can roll back with just a click. Therefore, I command that this new browser shall conform to this philosophy. Release it to the entire Kingdom amidst much fanfare! And then we'll fix as we go along.
Jump to a few months later at the castle. A messenger arrives...
Sire, the people are refusing to upgrade. In fact, - and please don't beat me, sire, I'm just the messenger - some are actually UNINSTALLING. The people are saying the first release was a waste of their time and that, unlike an online app which doesn't require a download and install, they've decided to forget the whole thing. Many in the Kingdom are talking about a blue "E" on their desktop, but I have no idea what that means. What are we to do, sire?
Hopefully you get my drift and I don't have to write an entire episode. I posted about this on another thread - only time will tell if I'm right - but I think Google blew it. First impressions count for an awful lot in marketing. Chrome just didn't deliver. Few will be coming back for another go.