For the third time in a year the Holy Trinity of Google, Facebook and Twitter killed one of my favorite products – by sheer acquisition.
Facebook bought Push Pop Press in August 2011 – until today by far the best answer to the question how tablet media should look like. PPP immediately stopped product development and we still don‘t know what the former team is up to at Facebook. (OK, there is some unconfirmed buzz about patent issues.)
In January 2012 Twitter acquired Summify – until today the best answer to the question how social news filtering should work. (Their old service shut down just a month ago. Products like News.me just can’t compete.)
Today, Google bought Sparrow – the best GMail client for MacOS and iOS and one of my favorite software products. Again, Sparrow should be around for a while, but there will be no progress.
The strategy of the digital giants to buy startups just to get fresh talent and some concepts to improve their own products is a nuisance for consumers.