Google is one of the best companies in the world. No doubt about that. Otherwise, it wouldn't have gotten where it is today. Its products: Google Chrome, Google Buzz, Google Wave, Google Maps, Google Voice are all excellent products.
Lately, Google has its hands full though. Has it gotten too large for its own good? Or is it trying to cover too many bases without considering others take on the issues.
Google vs China Round 1 is now entering Round 2 (Final Fantasy? ;-)). Google.cn has moved to Google.com.hk. Hong Kong may operate differently from China but it is still China's backyard. Google chose to stay in China's backyard? Mind-boggling to me. As predicted, Google left (more or less evicted, the way I see it). China - no change in policy. It is a step backward both for Google and China for that matter. [Perhaps it is essential to take a step backward before one can advance again in future? I'm not discounting that either. There will be Round 3]
Google is now losing its footage as the most popular website. Facebook has taken over Google's lead as #1. The power of social media is thrusting its horns!
As consolation, Google did win its lawsuits against Louis Vuitton in Europe! AdWords vs Trademark Rights.
I think... it won its battles but lost the war. It is losing footage in areas that matter. Many say because it has its principles to uphold. And that is of utmost importance. That is correct. I don't doubt that. I do doubt the way Google chose to go about it though.
There is something which many may not have heard of or may be you did. I have no idea. But if someone has more information on this, I hope you'd care to enlighten me. I did hear through one of the conferences that Google has ventured into alternative sources of energy; clean energy. That is something to look forward to. My question though is... how much of its resources is Google investing in this area? And if Google succeeds in it, will that be something the company intends in using to flex its muscle in the world arena?
Energy is power & Information Technology is also power. If Google succeeds in harvesting both of these fields to the extent that it's the biggest in the world, would it be too powerful a corporation for the governments in the world to eventually reckon with? To put so much power into the hands of a board of directors, well... to me that can be potentially dangerous. Reminds me of another Lehman Brothers or AIG in the making! I simply cannot phantom a world where governments have to kowtow to corporations. What then do we need governments for?!
True, I may be oversimplifying things, but if I do see the danger in that, I hope for everyone's sake, the U.S. government sees that as well!
It wasn't very long ago that I thought a Google was some kind of cutesy stuffed animal, this denotes my wealth of knowlodge on computers or search engines or the Internet. Such an intimidating realm of modern technology. I am a 48 year old, kinda old school, with a serious lapse in computer ease. I finally came to realize that there was a mass of oppurtunity's that were passing me by if I did'nt get with the program and learn to control this new age beast. Off to the … more
Google Inc. is an American public corporation specializing in Internet search. It also generates profits from advertising bought on its similarly free-to-user e-mail, online mapping, office productivity, social networking and video-sharing services. Advert-free versions are available via paid subscription. Google has more recently developed an open source web browser and a mobile phone operating system. Its headquarters, often referred to as the Googleplex, are in Mountain View, California. As of March 31, 2009 (2009 -03-31), the company had 19,786 full-time employees. It runs thousands of servers across the world, processing millions of search requests each day and about one petabyte of user-generated data each hour.
Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while students at Stanford University. It was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. The initial public offering was on August 19, 2004. It raised $1.67 billion, implying a total value of $23 billion. Google's rapid growth has sparked a sequence of new products, acquisitions and partnerships beyond its core search engine. Environmentalism, philanthropy and positive employee relations were from the start assigned an important role in establishing brand image. Google has been repeatedly named Fortune Magazine's Number One Best Place to Work and most powerful brand in the world. Alexa lists Google as the Internet's most visited website.
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