Google releases StumbleUpon competitor

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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 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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LA_Guy

The term ‘evil’ is getting bandied about a lot here, to no purpose. People, this is a little app, for a browser, on your computer! Google is doing what an effective business does, competing where they have strength. eBay can certainly respond in kind by upfeaturing stumbleupon’s stuff if they want.

I noticed this week that installing stumbleupon *disables* the google toolbar in firefox. Does that make stumbleupon “evil”? Annoying, maybe – but please, save the term ‘evil’ for occasions when it’s really called for. This is not one of them.

Steve G.

Re comment #1 – The author doesn’t mention that it’s his patent application he’s referring to.

Owen Cutajar

@Cyril: I don’t think they quite map onto each other that easily. The “I’m feeling lucky” gives you the first results based on your search. This one gives you a random site.

I’d be curious to know how many hits the “I’m feeling lucky” button actually gets though …

Cyril

Seems logical for Google to expand their search function in that direction without dishing out the money for StumbleUpon. But I wonder, just like the “I’m feeling lucky” button, how many people are actually going to use it?

ashok

I don’t know if my 2 cents means anything, but StumbleUpon is a really, really great community. I’ve met people there who are really quality individuals – people take finding good content pretty seriously – and we’ve been able to network in some cases and help each other out (I’m helping out guest-blogging with one).

I mean, I haven’t met people anywhere near this interested in meeting others or finding good sites at any other networking site. SU users are serious for the most part, from my limited vantage point. And again, I don’t know if that means anything if true.

Scott

This is a perfect example of how Google has in fact become more evil with time, despite their mantra. StumbleUpon is a cool community, and Google is doing nothing more than lashing out at a grassroots innovative effort and trying to use their raw data to squash it. Google is being a poor loser. Perhaps they’re also trying to send a message to the Web 2.0 crowd: you better sell your sorry service to us at our terms, or we’ll just recreate you in a week and put you out of business. Just wait until Google gets into social networking – they’ll put about 50 web 2.0 sites under.

Blendah Tom

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??

Jeremy Toeman

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.

km4

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.

Sahim

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

rizal

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.

Steve Morsa

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.

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