This Is Not The Google Operating System You Were Thinking Of
from the shifting-perspectives dept
For many years, people have suggested that Google was really building the operating system for the internet. It made for a really nice soundbite, but some of Google’s actions have suggested that maybe others recognize the opportunity more than Google ever did. Now, however, Robert Young over at GigaOm is suggesting that Google is building a different kind of operating system: an operating system for advertising. That, again, makes for a nice soundbite and is a fun way of thinking about Google’s activities — but again, we’re not sure it holds up under scrutiny. While they’ve obviously been quite successful at internet advertising, it still isn’t at all clear what real value they add to other forms of advertising, no matter how many times they try to force themselves into other advertising markets. They have yet to prove the benefit they provide. Perhaps being a one-stop shop really will be what it takes, but it hasn’t caught on yet.