Recently Google has taken a ‘heroic’ stance against communist China and made us see Google as a champion of freedom and human rights. People in China don’t enjoy some of the freedoms which we, in the western world, take for granted. So when Google took a stance against evil China, who wanted to censor everything, naturally freedom-loving people sympathised with them. Then why did Steve Jobs call Google’s slogan “Don’t be Evil” as Bullshit?
To be or Not to be Evil?
Google has long been the company to create its image as innocent against the image of the massive businesses such as Microsoft and Apple. Let’s face the facts, and quite simply they are that we need Google to make our lives easier and more entertaining. It is the most popular search engine, has tools like Page Rank and nowadays helps us see anywhere in the world with Street View.
Google, however, lost its way and went from this innovative search engine to the modern East India Trading Company.
Let’s look at the China story. If Google stayed in China, would it have been profitable? Absolutely NOT. China is by no means a fair country and China gave very little rights to foreign companies and favoured Chinese companies. This meant it was not good business for Google to be in China and it left. China hated Google because it allowed all searches, even those on Tienanmen Square and Human Rights issues in China, by leaving at the right time Google killed two birds with one stone. It left an unprofitable market under the banner of ‘Human Rights’.
Now this hardly makes Google evil, in fact I would have done the same thing. Anyone remember the ‘Music Blog Genocide?’
Google became Big Brother when it pulled the plug on popular music sites without giving any warning or asking for the blogs’ side of the story. Google deleted their blogs for “violating terms and conditions” but when they didn’t ask for a defence ‘I Rock Cleveland’ showed four cases where they had falsely been accused of copyright violation.
I am no music blogger and I doubt you are either, however, this is dangerous for us because Google can police our blogs, delete our work and ruin our freelancing career. Sounds a bit like China to me, for they both seem to “shoot first and ask questions later”
Google has failed to innovate to its previous level and now is more into what seems to be copying every good company on the block. Google has its own version of the iPhone, has an OS launched, and in every possible way seems to be stealing from the genius of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. As Google seems to take over every good idea, I can not help but to ask, what ever happened to monopolising laws, should Google be investigated, or is this an exaggeration?
Does this Effect Freelancers?
It does not affect me in the least what happens between Microsoft, Apple and Google. Steve Jobs apparently sipped a coffee with Eric Schmidt the other day and what do I care? For all I care all three could have an orgy, however some of this does affect us (no, not the orgy)
Since our business survives on the internet, for big businesses to bully smaller ones by shutting them down and for them to want to take over everything, seems to be a problem. Freelancers’ blogs may use Blogger and Google could pull the plug on them deleting all our hard work or just block you from the search engine.
I personally don’t believe that Google is evil outright. I just believe they have lost their way as does every massive business when they turn massive. Unfortunately for Google it meant compromising the image.
So is Google a prophecy of peace or a sign of Satan? I would say neither and they are around the middle just leaning towards Satan at the moment. Here is the interesting thing, this article is not about my opinion, it is a discussion. What do you think, tell us below.
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