When we talk about strong profits and increasing revenues, of course not! However, there is another front where Google has struggled on and off in the past few months; public image. Ryan Tate of Gawker media has written a very interesting post about Google’s increasing arrogance and delusions about themselves. He mentions six factors with incontestable examples and tries to show how Google, specially it’s leadership is becoming so full of itself.
Ryan provides plenty of examples demonstrating Google’s attitude towards disregarding users’ privacy and being ready to compromise on many fronts when it comes to making their products successful. For example, when the whole privacy fiasco happened with Google Buzz, Google’s attitude was anything but apologetic, in fact, Google’s product engineer for Buzz said
What we’re going to have to come to terms with is this stuff happening more. I honestly don’t think it’s a bad thing for people to be exposed to the issues this way.
Add this up with what Eric Schmidt (Google’s CEO) said a few months ago and you would understand what user privacy means to Google:
If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.
What makes Googlers so delusional about their brand is apparently the price of their stock. At least thats what it seems like based on a number of remarks by Google employees and Google’s CEO. However, what’s interesting about this issue is none of these examples, controversies or accusations involve Larry Page or Sergey Brin. Is it possible that the founders have left a lot to their CEO and executives? May be they need to step in once more to shake things up a bit and set Google on the right path again.