Scoble’s views on Google Talk August 19, 2006Posted by sk in Computers & Internet.
This is going to be another quickie (a “short post”) from me. I don’t think I can write essays. I did write one though, yesterday, about Robert Scoble’s comments on Google Talk and Outlook Calendar and why he loves those two applications. I wrote this directly on the WordPress web interface and it somewhow, mysteriously and automatically deleted all paragraphs (not that my co-blogger’s name is contained in this word :-)) but the first. Strange!! So, I deleted the entire post and kept you from reading what could have been one of the most objective essays I’ve written about a non-Microsoft software. 🙂
Let me summarize my post for you anyway. Scoble’s Google Talk article can be found here and the Outlook Calendar one, here. For those of you who are new to this area, Scoble is a an ex-Microsoft Geek Blogger and now, simply a “Tech Geek Blogger”, after he left Microsoft earlier this year and joined a startup. His blog is probably one of the most read in the tech industry. Coming back to my comments on Google Talk, I think Scoble is right. Google Talk offers a couple of things that Microsoft and Y! don’t in their messaging clients, simplicity and elegance. For those of you who’re looking for a messaging client and nothing more, it’s a perfect solution but if, like me, you have most of your contacts on Y! or Windows Live (WL), you’re screwed. Our group recently had a discussion about why Google Talk was floundering in the US. There were a couple of valid points raised:
- Inertia: No one likes change. People are comfortable with their current messaging clients, AIM, Y!M and WLM and see no reason to switch. Most of my friends who’ve switched to GMail still use Y! messenger.
- Lack of killer features: When you’re launching a product years after competition, you need killer features. GMail initially did have a killer feature – a 2GB hard drive. Google Talk offers a simpler interface, but that’s not enough.
- Google Talk is not as feature-packed as the other messaging clients. It shouldn’t matter, but it does. People here want their messaging clients to do more than just allow them to chat. They want to be able to play games through it. They want avatars, themes, shared playlists, etc.
Well, that just about summarizes my observations. I’m using Live Writer today, so I know that a draft of my post will be saved on my computer and won’t get deleted like it was, yesterday. Oh, and by the way, here are Scoble’s thoughts on WL Writer.
Turns out this wasn’t a quickie after all. Sorry for the misleading statement in the first paragraph.