With the much hyped recent announcement of the GoogleOS I have once again come back to review what I think of Googles world domination plans. It’s finally time for me to get off the fence.
Off the top off my head, what does Google actually own or own a stake in.
Well obviously there is the Google search engine. The blogging platform Blogger and Youtube you might think and become stuck at. They infact own:
Neotonic Software-for CRM
Applied Semantics-for search
Kaltix Corp-for context sensitve search
Genius Labs-for blogging
Ignite Logic-web templates for law firms
Picassa-digi photo management
Keyhole Group-digital mapping
Where 2 Technologies-digital mapping
ZipDash-maps and traffic for mobile devices
Dodgeball-mobile social networking
Reqwireless Inc.-Java browser
Current Communications Group-broadband internet
Android-software for mobile phone o/s
Transformic Inc-search engine for deep/invisible web
Skia-graphics software engineering
DMarc Broadcasting-digital radio broadcasting
Measure Map-analytics for blogs
Upstartle-Writely, document editor for the web
@Last Software-SketchUp 3D modeling
Orion-Referral search engine
Neven Vision-automatic information extraction from jpgs
Jotspot Ind-wiki platform for websites
YouTube-online video company
Xunlei-filesharing app for the web
Adscape Media-in-game advertising
Gapminder’s Trendalyzer-presentation software
Doubleclick-ad platform for the web
Tonic Systems-document conversion technology
Marratech-video conferencing technology
Green Border Technologies-secure web browsing tech
Panoramio-photo site sharing for Google Earth
Feedbumer-RSS feed distribution analytics and management
GrandCentral-mobile voice management
Postini-communications security and compliance
And the list is no doubt growing. They have a share in mobile phone software, street maps no doubt I am missing something major, but I think you get my point.
What I am trying to say is. If Google put all the information it has about us using the products it provides I think it would know practically everything worth knowing about it’s users.
I know I am not the only one who feels uncomfortable with this. Could Google be the next Microsoft? Well the announcement of it’s planned netbook operating system is another step in that direction.
I don’t have a solution or anything I want to add to the above. I just want to sit and reevaluate how much I rely on Google for my day to day life, web or not. They create brilliantly useful web 2.0 ‘stuff’. As well as buying it up. But…. see above.