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Wednesday, September 29, 2004
 
Where Do We Go From Here?
Before I go off on another three day vacation (yep, no posts till Saturday night), I'd like to share some musings on Google's future.
In the last few weeks, we've seen a lot of big news in the world of search. A9 was launched, and brought us a very complex interface that any geek has to love, and will certainly grow into something great. MyJeeves was launched, also bringing personalization of search and saved searches. My Yahoo has revealed a new beta interface. MSN Search is still being developed.
So what does Google have in store for us?
Nobody really knows. Is it the Google Browser, or personalized results, or instant messaging? When is Gmail going live? What exactly is Google up to?
Google has not yet gotten used to being a public company. They are keeping every single project under wraps. Companies do keep secrets, of course, even from their investors, but I have never seen a company that didn't show any of its cards, at the very least in an attempt to boost its stock price.
Google's stock price has risen steadily, despite no actual news. The strong search industry and all the announcements from other companies have probably helped. Most investors are hoping Google will reveal something big in the next few weeks, shooting up the stock 10-15%. A little mystery always helps.
There's a flip side, of course. If Google doesn't bring something new to market, investors will get antsy. They had better have something up their sleeves, or the stock can drop just as quickly as it rose.
That's all till Saturday night. If anyone is interested in guest blogging next week Thursday - Saturday, let me know.

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"There's a flip side, of course. If Google doesn't bring something new to market, investors will get antsy. They had better have something up their sleeves, or the stock can drop just as quickly as it rose."I think investores knew this going in. Google already stated that they were not going to play the game by those rules -- they were not going to do short-term hype or come out with a product just to have a gain in quarterly profits.

Google is in for the long-term. This may mean that stock may fall drastically in one or two quarters -- but in the long run, it will regain and grow.
 
Forgot to mention -- have a nice vacation and will see you when you get back.

No cheating by doing that moblog thing either. Turn off the damn computer dude! ;-)
 
ready to blog :-)

http://google.grooan.com
 
Thanks for the good word. I enjoyed myself, but being away from the Internet can prove fatal to my health. :-) I've been getting all these strange nosebleeds...

I agree with you. Google will see a drop in their stock price if they don't announce anything soon. If this doesn't bother them, and they don't respond with a panicky move like a Mozilla Google-branded browser that brings nothing new to the table, then Google will prove itself to be a more mature and stable company than many gave it credit for. Of course, if Google has something huge hidden right now, the stock will rise and rise, and all will be well in the land of GOOG.

Oh, and to the GoogleGroan guy, sounds good to me. I'm going to give the search a few more days, but I like your blog. I'm going to add it to my Blogroll.

I think I need to create a seperate category for foreign language Google blogs. :-)
 
Oh, and IM me. My IM screen name is in my profile.
 
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