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Google & News Fear MicroYahooSoft

Interesting news of Microsoft bidding for Yahoo, News doing the same and Google being frightened of the outcome. Here is my quick view on how I see these guys. Google – Massive, arrogant, academic, cash rich, well positioned for  future, do great products with lots of simplicity. Microsoft – struggling with change, locked into Windows, too risk averse, should learn more from IBM at being big but profitable. News – money money money, not innovating and don’t ‘get it’ but happy to buy apps with eyeballs. Open Social will be interesting. Yahoo – too mixed up, no consistency, no solid direction, but trying pretty hard. I’d be a lot more interested if Apple bought Yahoo. I think they’d clean out the crap, focus on the real wow stuff and present a more compelling proposition. If News bought Yahoo it would get uglier and messier. YahooVegas!

10 Ways People Find New Web Apps

Surprise! Just what I’ve always wanted! Originally uploaded by Sugar Pond They don’t come in a box, or bought off the shelves. So how do people find new web applications? A really important question for someone who’s just made one and wants a few more customers, or someone who’s thinking of making one.  Notice that most of these hinge on you being awesome. 1. You see a friend using it. This could be directly over the shoulder, or they could casually digesting someones twitter feed and hear that they use it. This is how I discovered Desklickr yesterday as Lachlan Hardy twittered it, not as a promotion, but just that he used it. 2. You get an invite from Facebook, et al. Whether it’s a vampire app or something that is actually useful to the planet, when someone decides to spam/invite you to a new application it comes with (some) credibility. This credibility is like a borse in that the more Vampire’s I get from you, the lower your credibility, the more Quicksilver’s I get, up goes your credibility. 3. You get emailed an invite personally. As far as referrals go, this is the big one. “Hey Mick, you really should check this out, you’ll love it”. Is pretty much […]