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2010: The Google v. Microsoft War to Intensify December 23, 2009

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A great Analyst piece was released by ComputerWorld today outlining the outlook (no pun intended) for the battle between Google and Microsoft in 2010.

Have a look at the article by Sharon Gaudin in the US that was released this morning:


This snippet from the article is a good  summary:

[“These two companies really squared off this year,” said Jim McGregor, an analyst with In-Stat. “Both are looking for dominant positions in the Internet. For Google to increase its business, it needs to move into other territory. For Microsoft to have significant growth opportunities, it needs to become an Internet powerhouse, and they know it. This is not a war that is going to be won by one or two battles. This is going to be a prolonged activity.”

He added that the battle isn’t simply over which can be called top dog, because the fight is critical to both companies. “For Google, it’s about expanding, and for Microsoft, it’s about a life-or-death challenge,” McGregor said.]

I noticed with amounts paid for both Google’s ($15M) and Microsoft’s ($10M) ability to search the Twitter stream this week, we have a fairly healthy indicator of the battle between the two over online search.


Another article this week alluded to Google’s current research (some 25 odd projects) into increasing internet speeds.


I think 2010 is going to be an interesting year in this space as we see the battle for domination of the web pan out.


Glenn Irvine

Twitter Scaling Using Amazon Cloud Services April 6, 2009

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I was refreshing my twitter page late last week and just happened to notice in the status bar at the bottom of the browser that Amazon S3 and EC2 URLs were whizzing by.


I was intrigued to realise that Twitter was using Amazon’s Cloud Computing technologies under the hood.

Not at all unusual for a Silicon Valley Startup to do… Innovating at the Edge, with a scalable hosting solution, given the nature of the application and the current funding structure of Twitter.

I was also interested to see Google making overtures at Twitter over the weekend, with interest in AdSense streaming for recent Tweets. Google is in Pre-Recovery Acquisition mode, and Twitter makes sense for their product portfolio, so it is worth watching this. Unlike the IBM/Sun acquisition which now looks to be on the ropes, Google/Twitter may get legs.


Glenn Irvine

Sorry – We’re Full (Twitter Maxes Out) March 20, 2009

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Twitting this morning, and went to add a new twit when I received the White Whale of Death on the Twitter Site.


Which prompted me to consider whether the potential advertising-oriented funding model for Twitter may break with the geometric growth of it’s use. It’s closest equivalent would be SMS which underwent tremendous growth, and Twitter could well replace it, but SMS has a use funding model with the Telcos. Twitter does not, and may not be considering monetising this way.

Will they be able to keep up with the infrastructure requirements globally for it’s use under this model?

It will be interesting to keep a watching brief on this…

In the meantime, I guess I’ll wait a while, and then send a tweet out there that I have just posted this Blog 🙂


Glenn Irvine

Stats on Social Computing Technologies & Organisations looking for Vista Alternatives February 10, 2009

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In recent days there have been a few interesting stats about the common Social Computing technologies such as Facebook, My Space, LinkedIn, Flickr etc.

These include the following diagram that highlights use of these technologies by Gender and Age Group…


And this recent Australian survey, which I find to be very enlightening…


A recent article on Google’s GMail being poised to take over marketshare from Microsoft Hotmail was also interesting…


Glenn Irvine

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If Malcolm Turnbull is on Twitter… October 15, 2008

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A news article today advised that Australian Federal Leader of the Opposition, Malcolm Turnbull has just joined twitter, and after I started following him on the service (noticing he was at Question Time in Parliament, having updated from there via the web), thought that if the Leader of the Opposition can get his head around some of these social technologies, what is stopping most of Corporate Australia’s Executives?

I appreciate the political imperative to be in touch with the younger demographic, and the political power of social computing, but even so, I feel too many of the Executives at the big end of town are ignorant of the value of these tools.

I strongly feel social computing has a potential to be an extremely disruptive technology, and many people will find that they have been left behind in time.

There needs to be more published case studies of the business benefits achieved by implementing Social Technology, unfortunately I feel that where there may be a great case-study, there is also competitive advantage, and it would be in the organisation’s best interest to keep the advantage to themselves.

I would be interested in any Case studies that demonstrate great business value from Social Computing initiatives. Feel free to drop me a line.


Glenn Irvine