I thought that the Google stock had to top out at 3 or 4 hundred dollars. Apparently the $700.00 price proves I was wrong. What I wonder is why does it keep climbing? Are Google revenues still climbing that much? They aren’t doing that much more now than they did when they went public. Why is it still forecasting such growth? I have heard that stocks don’t represent present or past revenue and growth they represent what these forecasters and market traders think will happen over the next 6-12 months. So what’s in store that drove up the share price $100 bucks in less than a month? I work with google media and I have no idea. they lost out on facebook ad serving and selling and adwords is getting too expensive for some small and medium size businesses. And some forecasters still think it will hit $900 by years end in 2 months. I can’t possibly see that as a justifiable price. It so buzzy though and it does drive all other online media to be perceived as more successful right now. Is it a bubble ala 1999-2000 all over again? I am not sure, but I personally think there will be another recession around 2010. The old 30 year boom bust cycle has been condensed into 10 years by companies shortening the lifespan of products and maximizing their growth methods to grow revenue the same amounts in less time than it took pre- internet. If it becomes less than 10 years in each cycle it will be a really scary roller coaster ride. So lets not be all speculative and buzzy about everything on the net. Look at what drives revenue and converts into sales and don’t take too much buzz into account as far as what media to buy and what companies to invest in.
If you are like me you like all kinds of new green products that are coming on the market these days and reducing the carbon footprint we all have in life. Organics help us and the earth, squiggley bulbs help save a ton of energy and Al Gore nobel prize winning dude’s movie The inconvienient truth showed us that we all have choices we make every day that impact the planet and we can make small changes that have a big impact over the world as a whole. I think more people are accepting that Global Warming is happening in their lives and making changes now. One new cool site I found out about is the Carbon Neutral Search Engine. I think that using online search and computers in general over mountains of paper is better already, and when a search engine offsetts its carbon production from things like electricity and travel it’s even better. (how can the companies we all work for be more green too?) I think that the process is that they fund green projects by buying carbon credits and those green energy processes offsett their regular energy use. Its just a greener way to search. Check out their blog for more detailed information!
Searching is something we do ll the time, and according to new research, people are evry frustrated with. They come away from the computer with not enough information or no information about what they really wanted because SEO spammers and paid link buyers have gamed Google’s system so much and filled up the search results with spam and crap sites that don’t help anyone because they are just paid link ads they they want you to click. It’s even worse if you are not an experienced searcher. People want the search engine to know what they mean and what they want. And it is hard for an algorithm to do that with link popularity.
That is why the guys that built Spock search have tried a totally new way of searching. Not by keyword and not by link popularity. It’s by tag. Tags are specifically added to tell search engines about the content and what it is related to so that Spock can give you good results. Their interface is also very visual with the results which is cool when people are so visually oriented today too. People also really don’t read much, they really just skim information so pictures help you find things really quickly.
One search I can do to demonstrate this is for Eddie Izzard. He is a British comedian who is now doing a US TV show on FX called the Riches. He has been famous in Europe and the UK for years for his widley sold out and DVD bought standup comedy (improvised sometimes) shows and now he is gaining popularity here in the US too. So I can so a people search type search on Spock’s search engine and this is what I get: http://www.spock.com/q/eddie-izzard Its is a recent picture from Live 8 and a lot of other good information.
Check it out. Spock just might be the new Google.