Googling away to glory
I guess its clear now, Google is definitely going to give Yahoo a run for its money. Google is already famous as a search engine, and the company is now making forays into all of Yahoo’s camping grounds. Its safe to say that in its current state, MSN is definitely not the portal of choice for most people around the world – Hotmail is dismal in its standards when compared to even the most unknown email services out there. And MSN messenger is just tolerable, used more out of habit and historic reasons then out of choice. Yahoo Messenger has left it far behind….Let me take this opportunity to tell all those who are still on Hotmail, if it works for you, fine, but its certainly not the best you could have and you dont know what you are missing.
And thats now all, in beta stage, is Google Groups, akin to Yahoo groups, but much more simpler to use then Yahoo Groups and doesn’t break as often. For old times on the internet, Google is more like the newsgroups (NNTP) on steroids, and sure enough it provides access to the well known Usenet and Alt.newsgroups. More backward compatibility :). Plus, Google is certainly doing a better job at design and aesthetics than any of the others.
Of late , online communities have become quite popular, and most of us are part of some “growing network of friends” 😛 already. There’s Friendster, Ringo and Gazzag and what have you. Google Inc., is not to be left behind, and is the owner of one of the most popular ones : Orkut. Ring a bell ?
Then of course, there is Blogger, already the most popular blogging service. I am sure you will be aware of it, since this blog is hosted on Blogger. Clicking the “Blogger” on the bar at the top of the page will tell you more about it.
You share photos on Yahoo ? Google has Picasa all ready for deployment as a service.
If by any chance, you are a fan of Yahoo! news, fear not there’s Google News. The web page is again much nicer than anything else.
And finally, the standard desktop support application is available too, Google Desktop sits on your desktop and notifies you of new email and such, if you want to.
You know what the latest is ? Examining the code of Google Desktop has revealed the registration of a new handler, “googleim://” , and that can only mean one thing, an IM or Instant Messenger … 🙂 Google already has a sort-of messaging client at its disposal called Hello, but there is talk that it has already acquired or is in the 0process of aqcuiring Mumbai based company , Geodesic Systems, that makes an instant messaging “net application” called Mundu IM . Mundu could very well makes its worldwide debut as Google Messenger.
Convinced that something is going on at Google that should have Yahoo and other portals worried ? Well, Yahoo sure is worried and have started to work and publicize their new by-invitation-only setup called Yahoo 360°
I see the beginnings of a portal war here. Whoever wins, though, the web is going be a much richer and vibrant and convenient place in the coming years…and I hope it’s as colourful as the Google Logo when it happens. I encourage readers to check out the links and observe the style of Google’s interfaces. Rarely have I seen aesthetic appeal and functionality so well integrated on a web page.
PS : I know, the IIT Junta, if they ever read this , is going to have a field day with this. My officially assigned nickname being “Google”. And no, I wasn’t paid by Google Inc. to write this :), though I wish they would.