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Google “We don’t Get Platform?” I’d say “They forgot their core competency”


I heard and read a memo from an employee of Google explaining how G+ is a failure because Google does not get platform. This is the probably the most ridiculous statement I’ve seen yet (and it originated from a Google employee no less – Astounding)

Google+ is nothing more than a copy-cat of Facebook with a couple of things added but nothing significant to distinguish it (as a matter of fact it has a lot less when it comes to game and fun space). It is obvious that Google is trying to catch up and this is not the kind of game they are very good at playing. Google seems to have forgotten the golden rule of their own success. Find out what your “customer” wants and deliver it better and faster than anyone else. Why is Google+ not linked to their magnificent search, combining Facebook and Yelp into one for instance or taking it to a much higher level of association using search/interest/communities… Google dominates searches on the Web, yet you would not have guessed it if you looked at G+. It looks to me like a poor attempt to chip away at Facebook’s success, and not even in a very convincing one for that matter.

Google has built some of the most impressive apps and interfaces that I’ve seen in the business. Adwords for example has become a standard, and is copied by pretty much anyone who wants to launch an ad platform (yes platform). Analytics could certainly be more user friendly but, by god, it delivers what most would want to see in a manner that is more than acceptable and the number of users is proof enough.

Google would certainly “get platform” if it was focused on its core business/competency and had a purpose within these parameters and not simply try to imitate. G+ does not.