In the past years I’ve said a lot about Google and for a good reason, they’re a very interesting company. What started out as the smart search engine that you just had to check out, now is one of the most profitable companies in the world.
When I think about what I use Google for already, it’s quite a lot. I search the web, I search my hard drive (Desktop Search on Windows), I use it for my e-mail (Gmail), I read my RSS news (Google Reader), I make money (Google Ads), I spy on my visitors (Google Analytics), I sometime look at the roof of my building (Google Earth and Google Maps) and I sometimes talk to other people (Google Talk, Gmail Talk).
And there’s lots of other stuff you could potentially do on Google. You can store your video (Google Video). You can shop (Froogle). You can advertise and sell your stuff (Google Base). You can blog (Blogger). Apparently Google also launched some kind of site editor thing including hosting, but they stopped signups only a few hours after opening because of the huge number of people wanting to give it a go.
What do all these things in common? They are all hosted services, or at least almost all. All the data is stored on Google’s servers. Everything. You’d almost start wondering why you can’t just store everything at Google’s servers and be done with it.
Heh, yeah, that would be something wouldn’t it? All your files accessible from Google. Unlimited storage; your own computer’s hard drive simply functioning as a cache. Hah, that sounds pretty ridiculous doesn’t it?
What are you looking at?
The big presentation screen behind me? Oh sorry, didn’t see it, was too busy talking to you. Got distracted.
What does it say? Let me see.
Anyone want more tea?