Google becoming a Content Provider?

For those online marketers involved with ebooks, kindle and other digital products, you might be interested in a news article I recently read.  This article talked about Google’s possible plans to become a content provider.  They have begun stringing fiberoptic cable for internet service, beginning in the city of Kansas, USA.

This cable will enable users to increase their upload and download times by 100%.  They say they will have speeds up to 922 mb/sec for download and 883 for upload.  To me that is amazing.  Kind of makes me feel like I really do live in the sticks with download speeds of .4 mb/sec.  Not sure I am ready to move to Kansas yet.  I did just make a recent visit though and was favorable impressed with the area.

With internet speeds that high, Google could digitalize more than music.  They could provide movie content in HD and blue ray.  Apparently they have been talking with Disney, Time Warner, and Discovery Communications about offering their content using their new fiberoptic Google Fiber.

This could give Google the ability to distribute TV programs, movies, you name it.  Along with this content would be the opportunity to have targeted ads to run along with them.  Google does know how to monetize after all.  Along with the good comes the bad.  This would potentially lead to bigger problems with pirating hitting Hollywood as hard as it has recording artists.  Why is it that there are always people who twist a good thing and turn it to the ‘dark side’?

Alas, for most of us, Google Fiber will only be a dream.  The cost of stringing this fiberoptic cable is astronomical and will not be coming our way any time soon.

The idea of digitalized movies lends itself to possible markets in the not too distant future.  Anyone for emovies?

Facebook Searches

I was reading in this weeks Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine about how it appears that Facebook is going to improve its search engine and possibly be a rival for Google.  Though it’s search engines would not likely be able to rival the mass searches that google can handle, Facebook would be able to search the more popular sites, those that have been ‘liked’ by web surfers.

So far about the only searches Facebook is good for is finding other members and friends.  A new and improved search engine would help users sift through status updates, articles, videos and such that other members ‘like’ using the thumbs up button on most web sites these days.

Could this possibly be a counter strike on Google for their expansion into social media with the Google+ network?

Then there is the future potential for obtaining advertisement income.  The ability to sell ‘adwords’ and keywords, pay per click advertising and such.  For a company contemplating going public on the stock market, this could be a possibility to help appease investors and stockholders with new revenue ideas.

Will this rumor increase Facebook’s chances of raising the $5 billion dollars they want in their IPO?  To possibly have the largest IPO in technology history?

I wonder how this might affect the facebook experience.  Though there has long been ads on the side of the facebook pages, will we now be seeing links in the posts and comments?  The technology world seems to be a never ending cycle of change.

I just start to get used to how to navigate the facebook site and then they change it and I have to relearn a bunch.  If it changes much faster I may never get caught up.  lol.  I will soon be an empty nester and then what will I do? Without one child or another to call on for help, I guess I might have to invite the grandchildren over more.  At least when they get a little older.

I can’t blame Facebook for making changes.  In the world of technology, static means death so they have to keep changing and growing.  This will bring challenges to some of us and may even give Google some competition.  Maybe John Thornhill will have to revise his facebook like page builder again!

The future is always an adventure waiting to happen.