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Google, Stick To What You’re Good At

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Last year, Google released Chrome.  It was highly anticipated and, yes, has a lot of great features.  It’s also gotten a general “so-so” reaction.  But after four months, has anyone said “Wow. That really turned out to be the best browser!”?  Not so much.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge advocate for Google.  This just makes me ask: Google, why not stick to what you’re good at?  Remember that little monopolistic situation you’ve got going on in Search?

Isn’t it a basic rule of good business and the inevitable death of so many in niche industries: don’t try to do a bunch of things mediocre, just do one thing really, really good? (Disclaimer: I’m in no way saying Google is mediocre.)

I still have two major issues:

  1. There is still no Mac version. (I may or may not be edging bitter with that one…)
  2. My FireFox extensions are still near and dear.

But don’t take my word for it.  Take a look at the numbers….

Graph from Wikipedia.

I think these numbers will speak more highly than my rant – just over 1% of people use Chrome.  But I have to wonder…what would browser usage look like had Chrome been released before Firefox 3?

Nicki Hicks
Who could resist a cute, cuddly fox for a mascot?



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