Google bought Writely a few weeks back. Its been out of service for new customers ever since. There are rival applications like ajaxWrite which are popping up, threatening to take away from Google's usershare and challenging it before it even gets started. Writely remains open to those who were quick enough to register ... for those not that fast, the wait will be long if Measuremap is any measure ... uhh... map.
While those happen, they continue launching new services like Finance and Page Creator (which closed itself to registrations by the end of its first day). Now, we all know that Google brings out every service in beta, and keeps working on it so that no-one can badmouth it and they have the rock solid excuse that its in beta. Look at GMail, been in beta for two years running now. But its just sometimes I wonder, that is Google actually foraging into too diverse a field, and while trying to everything, might fail to do anything perfectly?
We all have a very good idea of what they plan to do by 2015, and we can all see what they keep doing at present. But apart from GMail, Groups and Search, there isn't much that you hear people praise Google for. Its always Yahoo! this, Yahoo! that. Yes! Yahoo! is a bigger company than Google if the markets are any indicators. But we have to remember that Google is one of the top two influential companies today. They have the power to do what they do, and do it perfectly and have people follow in their footsteps. GMail singlehandedly ended Hotmail's monopoly. That was not an easy feat. However, Google is constantly trying to bite off more than it can chew might result in the perfect Sony effect. A household name for all the wrong reasons.
It should try and extend their current services, instead of going into new areas for the moment. There are many things people are looking forward to from them (including Measuremap and Page Creator). Not to mention a long due addition of services and features to our very own precious Blogger which will pull in many more users to switch from Wordpress. It'll be nice if Google betters current services left untouched for a while, and not focus on coming up with new things. Otherwise, they might be left with brilliant, but incomplete ideas, which are a waste of brilliance as well as efforts!
Don't bite off more than you can chew Google. One small step at a time![Update]: Designtechnica reviews some of the best webmail options today. GMail is right at the top! :)