He might as well have said “I want to build Rapture. Or Columbia, the name isn’t important.”
At least now I get to scratch “Make a Watchmen reference while lamenting not being able to solve our Excel formula with Google-fu” off the bucket list.
The answer is obvious, but it’s a good read just to understand the politics of the situation and the weight of the conundrum Google and Motorola are now in.
Sit somewhere relaxing and take a deep breath.
Open your mind, massage the temples a little.
Now, imagine the mass hysteria—the all-out public pandemonium—that would ensue if Tim Cook said Apple’s Next Big Thing was “a year-ish away.”
Look kids, Competition! Can you say com-pe-ti-shun? Take a picture. You might need it to last a while until there’s another sighting.
Charles Arthur analyzes the numbers on Google’s product graveyard to determine the average lifespan of a doomed product, among other interesting nuggets. He also lays out a chart at the end of all the products that lost their lives in service of The Google, their start date, end date, and lifespan.
For example, Google Notebook—what seems like Keep from a previous life—lasted 2006 days.
And now, a moment of silence for all the Google products that are no longer with us.
Since Google’s taking Reader out back behind the barn in three months, Feedly is one of the alternatives I’m considering. Like every competitor, they’re scrambling to move their sync service away from Google, but to make things easy on yourself you can sign up with your Google Account now and import your feeds. That way you shouldn’t need to lift a finger when Feedly flips the switch away from Google.
Feedly is a different beast in a number of ways, though, so I’m finding articles like this very helpful. Thanks, Tom Reestman.