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Eric Schmidt says that Google missed social networking trend, "won't happen again"

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Google Chairman Eric Schmidt made his predictions for 2014 on Bloomberg Television. During that chat, Schmidt said that the movement toward a mobile computing environment has been completed and mobile has won. He noted that more smartphones and tablets are being sold than PCs. He added that the movement toward the mobile architecture is occurring rapidly.

Schmidt even takes some time for a mea culpa, saying that he missed the rise of social networking while holding down the CEO post at Mountain View. While Google eventually joined the club with Google+, Schmidt vowed that missing a trend like that is not going to happen again.

The chairman says that Google sees strong growth around the world. In areas of the globe where a transition to an internet based economy is taking place, Google benefits. It also profits in countries where things are terrible and industries are in bad shape, he says, because it is always smarter to switch advertising to Google. "People need our services and we're very proud of that."

The only thing that holds back Google's growth, says its chairman, is the rate at which the company is innovative.  "How smart are we?, how clever are we?. How can we get these new systems deployed?," he questioned.

If you have about 2 minutes of time to listen to an industry mover and shaker, click on the video below.

source: Bloomberg via SlashGear

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posted on 30 Dec 2013, 13:33 6

1. smallworld (Posts: 503; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

"Google+ is the best social network !"... said no one ever.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 14:37 27

3. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Really? There are many people, myself included, who prefer Plus over any alternative.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 15:07 16

6. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Google+ is the best social network.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 19:39 6

23. Altair (Posts: 367; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

Hah yeah sure.

Average user uses Facebook about 7 hrs in a month. While the same usage with G+ is less than 7 minutes. Many of these visits and usage minutes comes from forced people (being forced to make G+ account because of other Google services like Youtube).

Nobody really uses G+.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 05:08 2

26. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

"Nobody really uses G+."

Okay, so maybe people don't use it obsessively. That's because it wasn't designed to be used obsessively.

However, to say "nobody really uses G+" is idiotic to say the least. If you visit "What's Hot" you regularly see posts that hit the 500 comment limit, and even those that don't get a good amount of traffic. For a social network that's barely twoish years old, G+ has done pretty well.

Also, auto backup of photos and videos has been an utter lifesaver for me.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 18:23

31. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

I logged into google+ for the first time just to see the 500comment regulars. Even the new years fireworks was just under 500. But most were 20 comments. I scrolled a few times down till it stopped loading the feed. Maybe its just a slow day who knows.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 11:42 1

28. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

I use G+ way more than FB. I find on FB people often post about what they are about to eat, or vacation photos or bodily functions. Most of the stuff doesn't lead to engaging discussions.

On G+ I find many people that have the same interests as I. I find the discussions on G+ way more engaging which is why I spend so much more time on G+ than FB.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 15:23 4

7. Tones (Posts: 74; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)

It really is the best one though

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 16:14 3

13. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

Feature-wise, it is excellent.

The issue is that the most important feature of any social network is people. I know maybe a dozen people who are members of the site, and none of them are active.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 17:38 1

16. Penny (Posts: 1672; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)

Yep, agreed. Good site, but not a lot of active users or traction (relative to Facebook, the 800 pound gorilla).

Also, I don't think that people want MORE social network sites that they have to keep up with. I think they just want one that's really good and shared among everybody, and that's what has made and will continue to make Facebook so difficult to displace.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 19:35

22. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

What if Google acquired Facebook? Would that change anything?

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 11:47

30. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

The only positive I can see is that it would probably make the FB mobile app not suck so much.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 11:46

29. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

The issue is that people are expecting G+ to be like FB. It isn't. If you want to connect with people you already know personally, most likely they have a FB account and you can find them there and share your food photos with them. If you want to do the same on G+, don't bother. I don't need any more food porn on it.

G+ is great for finding people (that you most likely don't know personally) who share the same interests with you. The G+ Communities feature is a great way to connect with people with shared interests.

I find that many people who have a problem with G+ are expecting it to be like FB and think it's a fail because it isn't. G+ sucks at being a FB and that is probably the best feature of G+. It isn't FB.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 18:26

32. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

I find I connect most with non friends on FB through pages. So I think your over generalizing how people might use FB. My news feed is chalked full of 'pages' and not personal FB. But I might be weird vs what the normal fb user is.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 19:50

24. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)

I prefer Google+ over anything myself.... Now I don't really use any social networking but out of what I have used G+ I personally like the best.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 04:32

25. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

As a matter of fact, it is really the best. It combines the best of Twitter and Facebook functionalities (you can post to your followers, who may add you to the people they follow like in Twitter, or you can post to one of your groups of friends, with better control than FB) and adds an advanced interface for your photos, with automatic backup, effects and so on, that's why most photographers are on G+. It is also integrated with youtube.
It can handle communities much better than FB.
It has an integrated messenger app (Hangouts) that works well and is free.
So it's the most capable of the tree big social networks, and I think that it will never become as popular or trendy as twitter of facebook, but in the long run it will be the one who survives.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 14:29 1

2. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

I kinda wished they skip the social crap - it is ruining everything else that is good at google.

I like g+, but just to keep up with cyangenomod or jolla. Putting it on youtube was retarded. Forcing people to join it is just Microsoftian of them.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 15:05

4. HASHTAG (unregistered)

It really wasn't a pain to join, and I liked that they put it on YouTube. Don't see what's retarded about it. IMO, I think it makes my online/mobile experience better.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 15:35 2

8. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


1. It hasn't solved the commenting problem - in fact, it has become worse.
2. Posting with your real name is dumb and hasn't stopped anyone from posting ascii genitalia. Then again, you can make a g+ page with a screen name so really that didn't do anything either.
3. You can say no to it, until the next time you come and will keep asking you until you relent.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 15:53

11. HASHTAG (unregistered)

Gotten worse? How so. That's why I like it more because it makes my commenting experience a lot smoother.

I don't mind posting my own name, so I can care less about your complaint there.

Well then keep saying no, just a click.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 15:59 1

12. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

Uh, cause you couldn't post ascii genitalia art before due to posting limits?

And just because you don't care doesn't mean a lot do. If so, why are you posting as hashtag and not your name?

And keep saying no? That has caused people to just flat out stop using youtube and all google services. And if you say yes, it doesn't mean people actually want to use g+ or post anything there in any meaninful way.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 16:26

14. HASHTAG (unregistered)

Those "art" drawings are really annoying, especially on Twitter.

I said I don't mind using my name. Meaning I would not care to use my own name if I had to, but I chose hashtag because I like it.

And I highly doubt people will stop using one of the best video, map, searching, and email services over this. But other than that, DigitalJedi makes a good point as well.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 15:05 3

5. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)

You may have to join it, but you never have to use it. Ever. The profile can even be fake. In the end, YouTube is a Google service and they're free to do whatever they want with it. Its far better than Google charging a monthly fee to use YouTube, now isn't it?

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 15:52

9. HASHTAG (unregistered)

Exactly! So, there is really no need to complain about it.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 15:52 1

10. superduper (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)

Thankfully Google missed the social networking trend. I don't want them knowing EVERYTHING about me.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 16:40

15. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1743; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Why? Got something to hide? I never understood why people are so paranoid about Google. OH NO, an AD that is somewhat relevant to what I like, it's the end of the world!!!

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 05:42

27. superduper (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)

You only see the ad, but you don't see the monopolistic commercialism behind it. Google wants to control as much of your internet experience as possible, all tied to one personal account on their servers (see the fuss that was kicked up when they forced G+ on Youtube users). Meanwhile, private businesses must interact with Google in order to establish their presence and supply advertising to prospective customers. Thus Google has made itself the middleman and controls both ends of the transaction: industry/commerce's online presence, and the individual's user experience on the internet (popular Google services), phone (Android), laptop (Chromebook), tv (Chromecast) etc. Google has no online services rival to make it play fair.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 17:44

17. tedkord (Posts: 14132; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

You really think you're that interesting?

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 17:51 2

18. HASHTAG (unregistered)

It doesn't matter. He has a point.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 17:56 1

19. joey_sfb (Posts: 6613; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

So you prefer Microsoft and Apple to know more about you. In this internet era, everything you do is known to your service provider be it Microsoft Google or Apple.

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