[development] google just pwned the brochureware site industry
laura at pingv.com
Fri Feb 24 03:08:56 UTC 2006
This comes down to the question of whether the disruptive technologies
and economies of this new era can truly compete with the centralized
megacorp models. We're seeing the big corporations having a big problem
adapting to the fast microchanges in the long tail economy -- which is
where most industries are heading.
Google may buy some time by offering a Google CMS, but I think
ultimately the people who go for that are the people who are not
considering Drupal now -- they WANT a hosted, managed,
just-tell-me-what-to-do system. Drupal is on the opposite end of the
paradigm, and appeals to different people who think differently than
those who want the corporate-sponsored service.
Who uses AOL and who puts their internet services together themselves?
Who blogs on Blogger and who downloads Wordpress or MT (or Drupal!) and
does it themselves?
What Google does certainly is worth noticing, given how huge they are.
But I truly wonder at how a megacorp can compete in a marketplace that's
all about personal empowerment, which is where we, in all our
Drupal-related niches, live.
Steve Dondley wrote:
> This has been in the back of my mind for a couple of months. What's
> to stop Google from hosting their own Drupal-like community software?
> It's inevetible in my opinion. Maybe not this year or next, but
> certainly within a decade.
> On 2/23/06, Moshe Weitzman <weitzman at tejasa.com> wrote:
>> Adrian Rossouw wrote:
>>> Go play with the site editor, that's how our themes should work damnit.
>>> layouts / skins
>> by site editor, do you mean the part link for 'change look'?
>> and isn't our current theme system all about layouts/skins? what do you
>> mean exactly? layout=chameleon, skin=marvin
>> this google tool is impressive as far as user experience goes. but
>> really, anyone who wants a site like this has far simpler tools to
>> employ than drupal? when google decides to offer a CMS, then we are in
>> for a fight. according to some rumors, this is forthcoming ...
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