Thursday, January 12, 2012

Google is not your friend

I found my way to this essay by MG Siegler, Why I Hate Android, and I can't help think he's being naive about what corporations are.

Google is not your friend. "Don't be evil" is not Google corporate policy. "Don't be evil" is the dream slogan every company would love to have people believe about it. But it's not company policy, it's not a commandment. "Don't be evil" is what a couple of guys who worked for Google in its early days wished the company would be about. It was a hope, a dream. That's it.

Steve Jobs had some choice words on Google's unofficial slogan himself. And Jobs certainly understood the challenges of avoiding evil. Just check out Foxconn, where the iPhone is built. That's right, those are nets on the lower perimeter of the manufacturing plant. Nets to catch the Chinese factory workers who couldn't stop killing themselves.

Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, your ISP, your wireless provider--they're all big business, and big business is cutthroat, two-faced, and every other characteristic that would make a human unlikable. But corporations aren't human. They all want to win, which means someone has to lose, and they don't care if it's me. That's the game that's being played.


Will said...

Okay, I'll bite.

Given the ease with which I have been able to collaborate with both my client and a fellow developer on a side project using Googe Docs, the ease with which I frequently text my client on my Android phone using Swype, and the ease with which I've been able to lookup information to complete said project using Google search, currently I feel Google is very much my friend.

I'm sorry that the author you mention feels so betrayed over the Verizon deal, and I agree with you that it should not be unexpected that corporations would in fact strike deals (oh the horror of free enterprise!).


JJ Burnam said...

Good to know I can count on you, Will. ;)

I use the heck out of Google. They host this blog. They give us free stuff like Google Docs which I totally love -- bye-bye MS Office! But I have no expectation that they owe me anything. Or that they should keep their word. The author is just so aggrieved that Google introduced a revolutionary 1st gen smartphone for $500+ that it sort of makes me sick.

So Google got into bed with the wireless carriers. Surprise, surprise. Everyone's in bed with someone. Who should Google have gotten into bed with, me?

Seriously, read the essay again and substitute Google (or Android) for your ex-girlfriend and the wireless carriers with the football team. It's high school, man. "Becky Lou said she'd go to the dance with me. But she went with Brock McQuarterback instead! It's not fair!!! Hmmmph!"