Damn it! Now I have to move all my domains.

  • @[email protected]
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    61 year ago

    they took what was almost certainly a profitable service and abandoned it

    They oftentimes make a decision like this when their internal math tells them that the resources they put into domains could make them more money if they were put in another product. If you consider the opportunity cost, it could make sense to Google to make a change like this.

    From our perspective, it’s crazy, but it’s easy to forget the huge scale of the money they are dealing with.

    services like Gmail and Maps which can’t be profitable

    They aren’t profitable, neither is Photos, but they are considered essential applications that keep users bought into the google ecosystem and are necessary for android to remain competitive.

    • AggressivelyPassive
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      31 year ago

      Using that argument, domains could be used to upsell customers. Oh you want a domain? You know what? We’lll give you a year of gmail business (whatever that’s called) for half the price! Or maybe you fancy a 100$ Cloud Services voucher?

      That way you can lock in customers.

      • @[email protected]
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        21 year ago

        But what percentage of their userbase wants to use them for domains. I’m sure it was profitable, but I doubt they were making as much on that as they could elsewhere. A service making them $50 million a year might not be enough for them to decide to continue with it when they are regularly dealing with products that make hundreds of millions or even billions from. It might just not be worth the effort.

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      11 year ago

      I’ve used Android since the early days (I think as early as KitKat?) and I’ve been thinking about switching to Apple in recent years. I’m just tired of privacy being a line that’s crossed over all the time. So if they want to retain more customers they need to start treating our data with respect

      • @[email protected]
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        11 year ago

        I don’t think most customers really care about their privacy.

        I’m not entirely sure Apple is way too much better. They still mine a ton of days from you, they might just not sell as much as blatantly as Google.

        • @[email protected]
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          11 year ago

          No, Apple surely isn’t much better, but they at least seem to make a minimal attempt at it. Or at least put on a good show

      • @[email protected]
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        11 year ago

        The open nature of Android allow you to be the owner of your data. Using Graphene OS is even better than the best iphone ever.