Brett_Tabke - 5:42 am on Jan 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
my .02: Google made many mistakes over the last year.
- While android has been popular, Google has failed (yet) to monetize the system in any major way. (app store... barely treads water)
- Look and feel of SERPs has been constantly changing, with little effect on the Google bottom line. [webmasterworld.com...]
- Instant was not received as highly as they wanted.
- Inability to retain major talent. Bleeding quality employees to Facebook daily.
- Googles 2008-2010 biz purchases and startups have been a who's-who of failures (dodgeball, wave, buzz etal)
- Total failure at creating anything remotely popular in the social space.
- GoogleTV? How long before this is shuttered as failure?
- A daily declining relevance to Facebook, Apple, and even Microsoft.
- Google is no longer *cool*.
When you rank success in Billions like Google does, the last two years and have been a failure for Google. It was either kick Eric upstairs or out to the curb.
I think it is great to put one of the founders in charge, but did they pick the right one? The strange part to me, is that Larry just bought a $45 million dollar yacht [gawker.com]. I thought he was getting ready to sail off into the sunset. I was expecting his resignation any day and for him to leave Brin in charge.
Of the 2 founders, Brin clearly cleans up better and is more presentable. Larry - an unabashed introvert - can barely get through an interview without a stumble. Larry can't be the full public face of Google. Unless they continue to keep him locked away from the press, we are in for some George Bush like misquotes and painfully awkward moments. It should be interesting, but I worry about our future as an industry with Larry Page at the head of Google. Nothing we have seen publicly from Larry Page in the last five years, gives any indication what-so-ever, that he is ready to lead the webs top producing site that we all depend on for our livelihood. My only hope, is that while they have had Page sequestered for the last 10 years, he has used those years to work on his public presentation.