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Death of Google

Here are links to two interesting posts.
The debate: What could kill Google?
Unthinkable? Remember other high flyers who lost their top spot – IBM, Xerox, Enron, etc.
The Final Days of Google: It is going to be an inside job by Robert X. Cringely at I, Cringely, May 24, 2007
Who’ll Take On Google? May 28th, 2007 by Raj Dash at Search Engine Journal
Wouldn’t this make a fun brown bagger, debate or Wiki?
Anyone see a scenario where libraries are pointing the gun?
Stephen

Posted on: June 2, 2007, 8:37 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. There have always been market leaders that become complacent over time and begin to decline due that complacency. Whether the product/market challenge comes from frustrated staff internal to the organization or external is irrelevant. Any mature system/company will be challenged. The resource advantage is always with the established company, however the institutional inertia towards the status quote sometimes negates this advantage.
    I think that we will see a trend toward multiple “Google Local” approaches, especially as libraries leverage the “last mile” institutional data that they own about the users’s context and needs.
    In Ex Libris’ latest Regional Users Group Meeting (suggested by Dave Brier) a World Cafe session was held to look at library needs and approaches from a completely product-independent viewpoint. The needs and trends that emerged from this process were quite interesting.