I received a bit of feedback from some people suggesting that I might be coming across as biased against Google. Do they disappoint me on a regular basis with poor business decisions, poor development direction, and poor dedication to their core product? Absolutely. Could that change? Also, absolutely.
So to provide a bit of balance to my discourse on Google, I offer you, ‘Facebook is Dumb Too’.
I think a lot of this goes back to the personality of the man at the top. Zuckerberg’s history as the leader of the company is tainted with lots of stories, accusations, and lawsuits. The image that presents is of someone who is careless, self-centered, and operating under the belief that nothing that they do wrong sticks.
The recent smear campaign effort with Google is just another feather in that cap.
The campaign shows a blatant disregard for business ethics, public relations strategies, and tech methodologies.
Secondly, when has a public relations campaign ever been quiet? Public relations firms are notorious for being loud, unsubtle, and delivering messages that are tainted by money and contracts. No one buys what a public relations firm says these days. We know that they are just payees from their backers and whatever they say is supposed to be a measured, sales pitch that we should eat up. But since we know what they are and what they are up to, why would we bother listening. When you send a PR firm to smear a company, of course the real journalists (who didn’t work for the newspapers or publications) asked the question, ‘Who do you work for’. From there, you were screwed, Facebook.
There, I’ve said it. Facebook is dumb too.