Google To Offer Groupon CompetitorBy Chris Weiss
Remember when Google actually innovated exciting, market-leading products? I miss those days because it seems like lately all Google does is release second-rate versions of products that already exist. Things like Google Buzz. Or the Nexus One (good product, terrible infrastructure around it).
Well we may have one more to add to that list. Google has confirmed that it will offer a new email deals service similar to Groupon. The service will be called ‘Google Offers’.
Google described the service: “Google is communicating with small businesses to enlist their support and participation in a test of a pre-paid offers/vouchers program. This initiative is part of an ongoing effort at Google to make new products, such as the recent Offer Ads beta, that connect businesses with customers in new ways.”
So a valuable Google service or another copycat product bound for quick, decisive failure? [via Search Engine Land]