John Battelle reports on the launch of Google Finance, a stock and mutual fund information website with many of the features of Yahoo Finance.
I noticed that, in addition to the normal My Yahoo-like customization feature of being able to list a portfolio of stocks and funds, Google Finance appears to have a few nifty personalization features.
The stock quotes page (e.g. AMZN) has a section with "related companies", recommendations of other stocks that might be of interest. It is also interesting to note that both blog and mainstream news stories about a stock are included on this page.
The main page, finance.google.com, the page appears to change and adapt based on your history of viewing stock quotes. Specifically, any recent stock quotes you have done is listed prominently on this page, as well as a combined list of top news headlines for those stocks. Neat-o.
I have used My Yahoo and Yahoo Finance for several years. I have long wondered why they never have done implicit personalization. Looks like, once again, Yahoo has waited long enough that Google beat them to it.
Update: More on Google Finance from Matt Marshall and Danny Sullivan.
Update: AC Narendran and Katie Stanton have the post on the official Google Blog. They call it an "early-stage beta product."
Update: Reaction to Google Finance seems to be ranging from lukewarm to negative. Om Malik says, "Google Finance needs some muscle." Paul Kedrosky says, "All whiz, no bang."
Expectations are high. Google's "early beta product" doesn't have the wow yet.
Update: Jeremy Zawodny expresses frustration at the stagnant state of Yahoo Finance. Worth reading his thoughts.