posted on Feb, 1 2008 @ 12:36 PM
Google is no better than Microsoft. In fact, I trust Microsoft more today than Google.
First of all, Microsoft is watched by tons of geeks and lawyers who each look for the slightest provocation to call MS out. Second, Microsoft is
completely predictable from a business perspective.
What MS does is essentially a very well refined game for maximizing profits by investing in technologies today to directly compete against companies
that you intend to buy tomorrow.
Google on the other hand is obviously a company that tries to hide its true motivations. The "Do no harm" mantra is a classic form of corporate
propaganda. I heard geeks repeat that line like it was some sort of self-evident truth. I would then laugh and say that internally their motto is
"Maximize profits at all costs."
Google views you as an information source (your emails, website, word documents ect.) and they provide data mining of your data. This is a frightening
ability we allow them to have because it shaves down that 3 second search for an email into a simple button press. Microsoft tends to look at the
computer user as a pair of eyes to be provided a service (hotmail, msdn, live!) in return for advertising.
Yahoo! on the other hand only recently (a few years) started competing with Google in the first place. Many people don't know this but Yahoo! was
never their own search engine. For years they used various other search engines including Google up until a few years ago when they decided to buy
AltaVista (I think) and make their own engine.
Where Yahoo! competes directly is in advertising. Advertising is really the only thing Google offers that makes any money. Everything else is the
excuse they use to shove ads down our throats. It shows in the neglect that Google the company has been showing their information tools.
Want high resolution maps? Microsoft is far better than Google maps.
Want product listings? Amazon has a better product search than Google Shopping.
And on and on...
It is interesting watching Google trying to define itself for the last year or so. They are doing everything wrong a large company can do, ignoring
their core services, ignoring their users, and providing more and more sugar coating on top of an idea that is bound to backfire - "All your data