I’m hearing that a new iteration on Google Finance will come out today or tomorrow. Sure, many of you will be saying, “Whoa, Google Finance? I thought that had been canceled”, but you’re thinking of Google Answers. Different service, same crummy traffic though.
More seriously, I hope Google learns from its first version of the service. Merely juicing up a financial portal with Ajax is no way to get share in an established market where speed of access and timeliness of information are they keys. If Google really wants to get presence against the moribund Yahoo Finance it needs to offer a premium service for free, like it did with Google Mail. Give us free realtime quotes, or equivalent, and then watch the traffic explode.