Is Google Trying too Hard?

Monday, February 8, 2010

Most of us are very familiar with the concept of a status update. We are accustomed to everyday conversations about someone's Facebook status. Twitter uses a similar concept with its Twitter updates.

The idea behind Facebook statuses and Twitter updates is to notify predetermined friends or followers what a person is doing at a certain time.

That same idea has now piqued the interest of Google. According to the Wall Street Journal, Google will announce the addition of a new feature on Gmail sometime this week. This feature will be similar to a Facebook status update. Gmail users will now be able to inform their e-mail contacts of their whereabouts and recent news.

A problem with this feature, according to Mashable's Adam Ostrow, is the simple fact that a Gmail user's contact list may not be who they would normally choose to receive their status updates and vice versa.

With the addition of Facebook and Twitter in the competitive world of social networking, it is without a doubt becoming difficult for email services to maintain existing users, while appealing to potential ones. The addition of a new Gmail feature is just another way that Google is trying to stay on top of the competition.

2 comments:

Kate Simpson February 9, 2010 at 10:14 AM  

I dislike how there are so many sites now like Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace. Now that Google is trying to make one more, it just creates another unneeded social networking site. By having to many social networking sites, it is hard for a user to stay loyal and truly invest their time into one. It is annoying to have one friend on a site, then another firend on another site, then one more friend on a whole other site. It is irritating to not have everyone in the same place and does not give users the option to really become a loyal user of a site.

Julia Robinson February 9, 2010 at 10:44 AM  

I'm with Kate. I personally find it annoying to have to worry about checking more than one e-mail address, let alone updating my "status" on three different websites. Although it's interesting what they're trying to do, I think google and g-mail should just stick to what they do best and leave the "status" updates to Facebook and Twitter.

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