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Here's Why Google Could Disappear in Five Years: Pro

Here's Why Google Could Disappear in Five Years: Pro

Published: Friday, 19 Oct 2012 | 12:25 PM ET
By: Cadie Thompson
Technology Editor, CNBC.com

Google may be on its way out as the dominant player in search, according to one analyst — and could even "disappear" in as little as five to eight years if the competitive pressures that ultimately claimed other search giants start to take root.

In the wake of a surprisingly weak earnings report, Eric Jackson, Ironfire capital founder and managing member, said Google Google [GOOG 681.79 -13.21 (-1.9%) ] could easily find itself fending off the woes that eventually took hold at embattled Yahoo! [YHOO 15.84 -0.16 (-1%) ].

"They could disappear in five to eight years and disappear in the sense that Yahoo used to be the king of search. Now, for all intents and purposes, Yahoo has disappeared," Jackson said Thursday on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street".

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Google isn't going anywhere

Google isn't going anywhere any time soon. This analysts must be oblivious to how big android is going to be over the next couple years alone (not to mention driverless cars and digital eyewear but those are just a bit further out). Somehow most "analysts" cannot see beyond numbers and forget that Google is slowly positioning for much more than just search.

Android is a free OS manufacturers can put in their products for *free* that handles everything from home automation, to remote controls, to cell phones, gaming consoles, TV boxes etc.

Google's strategy is only beginning to catch on believe it or not.

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Agreed

Google started in search and ad revenue but they are not stupid. Web advertising is not even 1/10th as effective as what television advertising used to be before DVR.

They wisely branched out into other areas from the incredibly popular Android OS (used on dumb phones, smart phones, tablets, laptops and desktops) to self-driving car technology. Both of those technologies are here to stay and are not going anywhere. They also bought YouTube which actually does a better job of delivering ads to young people unless they use AdBlocker.

Yahoo's leadership was lazy and brought very little to the web aside from their search engine, a weak mapping application, a spam-ridden set of mail servers, and a reprehensibly bad news site. Google, in the meantime, was innovating beyond most people's wildest dreams, and doing a fantastic job in most cases.

Google will be around beyond the duration of my lifetime, I should think. I am guessing Apple will as well; but perhaps not Microsoft. time will tell.

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