Google Docs Will Eventually Disrupt the Market

Writely now proudly wears the colors of baby blue and mint green as it has officially been integrated into the Google office suite. Google Docs & Spreadsheets now houses a new image of Writely. All of the Writely functionality is still there. Your Writely documents will now appear alongside your spreadsheets. The integration is pretty clean, and of course Google added a search feature for your spreadsheets and documents.

Just like other disruptive technologies, Google Docs & Spreadsheets is unable to match all of the features and power of its old-school competitor, Microsoft Office. I highly doubt many business professionals today will be switching to Google’s office tools. However, I think Google is heading into a non-consumer market, just like PCs did in their early day.

PCs entered the non-consumer market of family and home computing, and Google is entering the non-consumer market of third-world countries. Their $100 laptop initiative will be bringing computing power to millions of people who could never afford a computer. Google has been investing in Internet infrastructure in several countries providing WiFi Internet access to impoverished areas of the world. The $100 laptops will not have much storage space, which makes the free online application model a wonderful fit. Bill Gates thinks that the computers need disk storage, but that is only necessary in the old paradigm. In 2004, Steve Ballmer thought a $100 PC would help prevent software piracy. Piracy isn’t an issue when it comes to web apps funded by advertising. You can’t pirate a web application.

Over time, Google’s office will eventually reach a level of productivity where it will threaten Microsoft’s Office. At first, the mini computer wasn’t threatened by the PC, but eventually the PC reached a level of performance where it was able to do everything that the mini computer could, but at a lower cost. Thus it disrupted the market. I see the same thing happening with web applications such as Google’s Docs & Spreadsheets.

Linkedin Makes Top Alexa Movers and Shakers

Linkedin is experiencing some big growth in traffic, and is in the number one spot on Alexa’s Movers and Shakers rankings. Their Alexa weekly traffic ranking just increased by 740% to put them in the 227 spot from 7,470.

Social networking caught on like wildfire among teenagers as has taken the #4 ranking. Is social networking catching fire among business professionals on Linkedin? It will be exciting to see if their rankings continue to improve.

Three Kinds of People…

There are three kinds of people in this world… Those that can count and those that can’t. I guess I fit into the latter group as I just realized that I left out the third extension I was going to blog about in my last post .The third extension that I was going to blog about is the mobile phone text messaging extension. If there is something cool on a website that you want to text-message to your phone, you can select the text on the page and click on a phone icon. It will let you send it to a mobile phone via SMS text messaging. However, I am on Cricket, which isn’t supported. :(

At least Google’s SMS service works for quering google from my phone.

Three New, Cool Google Firefox Extensions

Google has released a few really cool extensions for Firefox. I think they are all worth checking out.The first toolbar is a Safe Browsing extension which will warn you if you have stumbled upon a phishing site. Usually phishing sites are pretty easy to spot because they ask for information that should never be asked by any website. I think this extension is especially valuable if you know someone who you are concerned might fall into one of these phishing traps.I am using the second extension to create this post on this Blogger powered blog. The extension puts a little icon down at the bottom of your browser and will alert you to anything in the blog-o-sphere linking to the page you are viewing. If you would like to add a comment about the page, simply click on “Add Comment.” This allows you to log into your blogger account and make a post to any of your blogs. I think this will help me improve my blog post-rate. There are other extensions out there that will also allow you to post to whatever other blogging technology that you may be using.

Does anyone have any recommendations for other Firefox Blogging Extensions?

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Web 2.0 – What is it?

On Monday, Jonathan Balinski and I met with Phil Burns, COO of Provo Labs, to discuss the upcoming technology that we will be architecting and developing. Throughout our meeting, Phil referred a lot to “Web 2.0” compliance. That got me thinking, ‘What exactly is Web 2.o?’ So, I’ve done a little research this morning and I’ve broken it down into the following.

Web 2.0 encompasses the following:

  • A move from places and locations to information flows
  • A vision change of the web being viewed as a platform for full applications using AJAX technology
  • A move from read-only web to read-and-write-web through Wikis, Blogs, Tagging, etc.
  • A move to making the web more machine readable through XML technologies such as RSS and ATOM feeds
  • A shift to create and use web services through open web APIs to quickly create more functional sites
  • and more.

Basically, the web has gone through a major change in the last 10 years. Money is actually changing hands online and solid business models have been created for the web.

Sometimes I look at our technology today, that we have and think, ‘Wow! All of this stuff is so cool! How can it get better?’ After Phil described the vision of, I began to realize that the best really is yet to be. We will continue to see amazing new innovations in the short-term, and we’ll be blown away by what we experience in the long term.

XML Feeds

I think Atom and RSS feeds are awesome. It took me quite a while to realize what they were good for. Being able to format data in such a way that anything else can use the data easily is pretty cool. I think we are going to see a lot more feeds than just blog, news, and other article feeds here in the future. I think it’s a great way for people to be able to keep their information current on their own servers, and create a feed that can be used by other servers and services elsewhere on the Internet. I’m seeing huge potential.