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Is Google too big to get anything done?

Aug 06, 2011, 15:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Brew)

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"What I wonder, though, is where all of Google's good ideas lie these days. Because the firm itself has a problem, and there's little getting away from it. And it's quite simply how big and dominant it has grown. No longer can Google sneak out a product like it might have done in the old days. Instead, the Google stamp brings with it a degree of scrutiny that must work as a double-edged sword.

"Take Google+, its latest foray into social networking, which has something of a Microsoft feel about it. By that I mean it took an existing market that was popular and has tried to crack it. Microsoft attempted this with games consoles and succeeded. It tried it with Zune and it failed. Google? It's surprisingly failed to really crack social networking, having acquired YouTube and watched the likes of Google Buzz and Google Wave fail to take hold in any meaningful way."

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