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Is Google feeling jilted? They just released a StumbleUpon type service and are talking about it on their site right now. The first is a recommendations button on the Google Toolbar that looks like a pair of dice. Click on the dice, and we’ll take you […]

Is Google feeling jilted? They just released a StumbleUpon type service and are talking about it on their site right now.

The first is a recommendations button on the Google Toolbar that looks like a pair of dice. Click on the dice, and we’ll take you to a site that may be interesting to you based on your past searches. If you want another, just click the dice again and we’ll show you a new one. We’ll give you up to 50 new sites per day that might be of interest. Just add the button to your Toolbar. (In order to use this feature, you need the latest version of the Toolbar.)

Now if this doesn’t show that they got punkd by eBay, then nothing will.

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  1. Hmmmm…so Google asks, “…what to do when you don’t have a query in mind…or if you just don’t feel like typing in a query?”

    Well…while it would still require entering a query (though you could offer us a drop-down box and/or store our data for us to eliminate any typing)…how about allowing us to discover the products and services that we actually want to know more about…say…by being able to enter “90210 +female +married +$75,000/yr +homeowner +2 children +volleyball +asthma +dog” type data in search (match) box/es?…

    …and, could you thereafter send us automated messages notifying us as the offers changed, new products were offered…maybe even as offers were about to expire?

    Now that’s something we could use…and it’s certain the advertisers would like it…

    …and hey; you’re in luck…’cause pending patent #11/250,908 will show you exactly how to do it.

  2. Google Rains On StumbleUpon Parade: Launches Direct Competitor Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] Om Malik says this is Google lashing out at StumbleUpon and eBay because they lost the deal. Given the timing, I tend to agree. [...]

  3. Interesting…. That sure shows why google didnt buy the service. Why buy a web 2.0 site when we can create functions that resembles the same service.. I mean you still tend to use google search at least 5 times a day. Why not improve it…. Well shows that they will do anything to take opponents away in their market.

  4. Typical “GOOD ‘OL GOOG”
    Now how can this be tied in with “DO NO EVIL”!

  5. Picks for you : Google reacts to eBay *fast* with StumbleUpon-like Picks Google Toolbar addon ! · Robin Majumdar Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    [...] love a fast market. This is fresh news, just barely on the usual sites – just noticed that GigaOm has mentioned it as well.. Just hours after the news of eBay acquiring Stumble Upon broke, Google [...]

  6. [...] Om Malik says this is Google lashing out at StumbleUpon and eBay because they lost the deal. Given the timing, I tend to agree. [...]

  7. Who the fuck cares about useless apps like StumbleUpon or what Google did to counter with its serendipity personalization..

    People today are drowning in data and RSS feeds. What will drive the next generation is to seamlessly make sense of the data sources out there i.e. tools that can filter information coming in from sources like RSS and blogs, flagging relevant data and filing away others.

  8. I doubt this is an emotional reaction.

    Google has a toolbar already, so to spend $40 million for “a feature” is probably a bad investment. They are constantly improving the toolbar, so I look at this as smart timing.

    eBay has no such toolbar, and frankly, could use one. Along the way they pick up an interesting, though likely not profitable, service.

    While I totally don’t believe in Google’s “do no evil” claims, I most certainly can’t blame them for being competitive! This isn’t exactly a “ruthless” move, it’s simply the smart business decision.

  9. I agree with OM, as well no doubt Google has capacity to create an additional functionality like this in their existing toolbar. In other sense – Its a good decision google.

    http://www.suggestusability.com

  10. Om,

    Cmon you got to be kidding me..I think Ebay looks like they got punkd shelling out $40mm and now google will essentially build a better tool that will incorporate better features all they have to do is add the “Vote” buttons back again…also Google has been going down this personalization highway for quite awhile.. CSE etc.. I think this is a brilliant move by Google to steal the spotlight away from a competitor..

    and who knows they might even find a way to serve up ads too… maybe thru their new PPA system??

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