Google Trends

This morning, Michael Eagar wrote about Google Trends, which gives insights into search patterns. I have to say, it is way cool. Anyway, I thought I would check out some trends on web technologies.

Looking at Ruby on Rails, it looks like it is having some steady growth:

But you can’t really see to what extent until you compare it with another search term:

In this graph, we’ve got java (orange) in the lead, followed by php (light blue), vb (darker blue), c# (green), and then Ruby on Rails (red).

This gives a pretty good indication on the popularity of the above languages, however, Java is used a lot for things other than web applications. The .NET framework is split up over several languages (c#, vb, and more), so it is hard to compare usage of Sun’s Java EE (Java) in comparison to Microsoft’s .NET framework.

Anyways, as you can see, Ruby on Rails is still very small, but will hopefully continue to gain some momentum. One of my goals this summer is to build an application in Ruby on Rails. I have already completed several tutorials and see some major potential for building websites really quickly.

Note: Google has been blocking graph images at random, so if the graphs don’t show up, then Right-click the image, click on View Image, and refresh a couple of times :)

I Think Google Listened

Google just released a new toolbar (version 4) for Internet Explorer today. Among the new features of the toolbar is bookmark management. I had suggested in the Google-Firefox-Extensions group back in October that they create some sort of bookmark management toolbar so that you can easily access and manage your bookmarks from any computer.

Well, I can’t really say that it was my suggestion that influenced them to put it in the Google toolbar, but at least I know that my idea was a good one. I can’t wait until the toolbar is released for Firefox 1.5.

Google – the next evil empire?

Google is huge and still gaining momentum. Most of their products are absolutely amazing! I attended the Marriott School’s eBusiness Day lectures yesterday where Paul Allen, CEO of Infobase Ventures, and Josh James, CEO of Omniture, spoke and Google had to be mentioned 20 or more times. People love Google. People used to love Microsoft. Although I love Google’s products, I find it to be a bit scary when one company begins to dominate the market. Wal-Mart is another scary, huge company that dominates the retail industry. People still love Wal-Mart because they offer the every day low prices and have good store policies.

I love Google because they offer us so many great products for free, their AdWords ads aren’t annoying and don’t feature scantily clad women, and their stuff is clean and easy to use. You have to admit Google Earth is the hottest thing since indoor plumbing.

Because they are so good at doing everything web, they are a huge threat to people who are trying to create something new and innovative on the web. Not that others can’t still make a cool product, but new product development is like playing chess. You have to anticipate what your competition is going to do in response to a hot new technology on the web. If the web was a chessboard, Google is like the Queen and then some.

Just a thought.