Just too old for modern business, it seems
Posted by aogWednesday, 30 August 2006 at 16:59 TrackBack Ping URL

Via the Movable Type maiing list, I read “this post” about Google’s Apps for your Domain, which apparenty is Google Mail, a chat server, a calendar, and a simple web page creator. I have to say it sounds much less than impressive, but apparently many people (including, obviously, Google) think this is a big deal.

The review claims that this is aimed at the small and medium business market, but I can’t see it at all for a small business. Why one would want Google Mail for corporate use instead of just using the free e-mail service provided by every web hosting company I have ever dealt with is not made clear. I don’t know anyone who uses a remote interface for e-mail — it’s all via local mail programs that download the mail locally.

The biggest issue, though, is that I am a technophile who weblogs and tracks social computer trends. I am also starting a small business, and if I hadn’t read this one piece of e-mail on a weblog developers mailing list, I would have no idea that Google was doing this, much less that the product space even existed. Am I really that out of touch, or is Google suffering from some technophilia itself?

P.S. My former corporate home used instant messaging. My memory of that is setting the “away” timer to its absolute minimal value so I would look unavailable as much as possible, and using it to make snide comments about people during meetings with them. Occasionally it would be useful, but it was hardly mission critical.

where the culture isn’t based around an existing process of mailing Word memos as attachments, but instead on IMing links to relevant resources.

Oh, I hated it when people did that. It meant I had to switch over to my e-mail program to cut and paste it in to an e-mail message to myself so that I would have a record of it once the chat session window disappeared. It was just other people off-loading work on to me. Very annoying.

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cjm Wednesday, 30 August 2006 at 17:31

all of google’s non-search products are abysmal failures, gmail especially. their advertising service is not as successful as the media would have you believe, either. given that they let their leftist ideology infect their search service, even that will falter over time. and that doesn’t even begin to address the fallout from their aiding the prc in it’s evil pursuits. a one trick pony if ever there was one.

Michael Herdegen Wednesday, 30 August 2006 at 17:53

Given that the PRC is going to demand that web-search be censored, regardless of who supplies the service, why is Google “evil” for providing a better search experience to the Chinese, within the allowed framework ?

Censored search is much better than no search, especially since there are many tangential ways to approach most subjects.

AOG has blogged about that within the past few months, so you could search this site for more.

Annoying Old Guy Wednesday, 30 August 2006 at 18:33

If you want to see a product that I think really is the leading wave of the future, check this out. That’s the way web hosting will be in 5 to 10 years, everywhere.

cjm Thursday, 31 August 2006 at 17:45

anything can be justified by saying “if i didn’t do it, someone else would”. google, yahoo, cisco, et als are aiding and abetting evil anyway you care to rationalize it.

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 31 August 2006 at 23:39

That’s not my argument. My argument is that net, Google’s actions benefit the Chinese people. I would in fact characterize my argument as “if Google doesn’t do it, no one will and that would be worse for the Chinese people”.

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