Rough Start for Google TV

Google TV is off to a really rough start.  David Pogue slammed it in his review.  He probably didn’t set out to slam it, but by the time he is done describing it there is no conclusion you can reach other than v. 1.0 is a bag of hurt.

Then Walt Mossberg of the WSJ has added to the chorus of jeers, pointing out how fragmented and difficult GoogleTV is to use at this point.

For the record, I am not saying that the platform is the next Google Wave and will never morph into something interesting – it might – but it really shows the importance of a seamless experience and in sweating the details to make things feel integrated and easy. But even if they get there on the UI, the jury is still out on the basic premise that underlies GoogleTV: that people want the full internet/web/browser experience in the “lean back” context of the big screen TV environment. Many have argued that the Internet is a lean forward medium (i.e. a close-up, fine-grained, interactive, text-heavy desk or lap experience) that won’t translate well into the lean-back big screen context. When I consider how easy it is to just browse YouTube videos on the $99 AppleTV box, you have to wonder if that isn’t 90% of the value for 0% of the hassle?

Simplicity counts.


If I am not mistaken, we’ve come full circle and are now offering written podcasts for downloading and later reading on ebook readers. I guess we’ll call it blogcasting? To wit:

“Following last week’s debut of “Kindle Singles,” a new shorter-form publishing format exclusively for Amazon’s Kindle e-reader, book retailer Borders has announced its own blogger-centric e-reader publishing platform called “Borders — Get Published.”

Do You Really Want to Rely On The Wisdom of Your Crowd?

It really started back when Facebook began seeding third-party sites with “Recommend” buttons, most of which were later changed to the annoyingly simple-minded “Like” button. This week’s announcement of Facebook’s partnership with Bing is another big step towards the Facebookization of everything.
In principle it’s a fine concept: When you connect Facebook with Bing, your search results will also feature occasional recommendations from your Facebook friends. If, say, you’re searching for a good Indian restaurant in town, you might see that six of your foodie friends gave India Majal a big thumbs up. Helpful info, to be sure. Kind of like using Yelp, only in this case you know for certain whether these people are idiots (instead of just assuming they are).
In other words, instead of relying on the “wisdom of the crowd,” you’ll be relying (in part at least) on the wisdom of your crowd. That’s an improvement, right?
Well, yes and no.

“Analysis: Do you really want to rely on the wisdom of your crowd by linking your searches with your Facebook friends?” From an hilarious article in PCWorld byITworld TY4NS blogger Dan Tynan. Visit his snarky humor site eSarcasm (Geek Humor Gone Wild) or follow him on Twitter:@tynan_on_tech.